Summer Field School in Ethnographic Methods in New York City

11th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods, July 23 to August 2, 2018

The CIFAS course was one of the few that I felt really complemented my studies in anthropology. Before the class, I really had no idea about conducting actual fieldwork. I’ve even encouraged others to take it this year as it’s really worth the money and time.Joan Jocson, MA candidate, Hunter College

I wish this class was longer than 10 days or all day long. It is so great. I am going to recommend it to my program director for any students interested in using ethnography.Susan O’Hara Sullivan, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study (CIFAS) is pleased to announce the 11th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods, in New York City.

The goal of the Field School is to offer training in the foundations and practice of ethnographic methods. The faculty works closely with participants to identify the required field methods needed to address their academic or professional needs. The Field School is suitable for graduate and undergraduate students in social sciences and other fields of study that use qualitative approaches (such as education, communication, cultural studies, health, social work, human ecology, development studies, consumer behavior, among others), applied social scientists, professionals, and researchers who have an interest in learning more about ethnographic methods and their applications.




July 23

·       Foundations of ethnographic research

July 24

·       Theory and practice: social theories in the field

July 25

·       Research design

July 26

·       Data collection techniques

July 27

·       Planning the logistics of field research

July 28

·       Field trip: Thunderbirds’ 40th Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow, Queens Farm Museum

July 29

·       Sunday – no class.

July 30

·       Ethnography in specific fields of activity (applied social sciences, health, social service, environmental studies, public policy design, business, and others)

July 31

·       Principles of organization and indexation of field data

August 1

·       Analyzing field data; qualitative analysis software packages: basic principles

August 2

·       Wrap up session

Classes will run from 9 AM to 12 PM

The total work load of the course is 30 hours. Students interested in earning credits for the course may have additional assignments in order to totalize 45 hours of activities (what is equivalent to 3 credits).

Course venue: Classes will take place at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University.


Renzo Taddei (Assistant Professor, Federal University of São Paulo/Affiliated Researcher, Columbia University). CV: Click Here

Lambros Comitas (Gardner Cowles Professor of Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University). CV: Click Here

Registration and other costs:

Places are limited. The tuition fee is US$ 900. The tuition fee does not cover accommodation, meals or transportation. Registration should be completed online here.

 Other information:

Insurance: Participants are required to have travel insurance that covers medical and repatriation costs (for international students). Proof of purchase of travel insurance must be presented at the first day of activities.

For more information, please write to Renzo Taddei at

Click here for Registration

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