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5th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods

Summer Field School in Ethnographic Methods in New York City

5th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods

June 16 to 27, 2014

The Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study (CIFAS) is pleased to announce the 5th 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.

Program:

·          Foundations of ethnographic research

·          Theory and practice: social theories in the field

·          Research design

·          Planning the logistics of field research

·          Data collection techniques

·          Principles of organization and indexation of field data

·          Analyzing field data

·          Qualitative analysis software packages: basic principles

·          Individual, one-on-one discussion of research projects

·          Field trips

The course is two weeks long. 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 CIFAS, in the vicinity of Columbia University, in the Upper West Side of New York City.

Coordinators:

Renzo Taddei (Assistant Professor, Federal University of São Paulo/Affiliated Researcher, Columbia University). CV: http://bit.ly/1dn7RuJ.

Lambros Comitas (Gardner Cowles Professor of Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University). CV: http://bit.ly/ZUHbMn

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.

Accommodations: International House offers housing for participants for the discount price of US$ 60 per night (provided there are rooms available). Rooms and other facilities can be checked out on their website, on the virtual tour option (the blue button that says “take a tour”): http://www.ihouse-nyc.org/s/707/start.aspx?sid=707&gid=1&pgid=254

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.

See pictures of the previous editions of the CIFAS Summer Field School here.

For more information, please write to Renzo Taddei at taddei@iri.columbia.edu.