Summer Field School in Ethnographic Methods

13th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods

Session 1: July 20 to 31, 2020 (daily meetings, 9 AM to 12 PM EDT)

Session 2: August 4 to September 3, 2020 (TUE and THU meetings, 6 PM to 9 PM EDT)

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 13th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods.

The goal of the Field School is to offer training in the foundations and practice of ethnographic methods. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this edition of the summer school will take place online.

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.


    • Foundations of ethnographic research
    • Theory and practice: social theories in the field
    • Research design
    • Data collection techniques
    • Planning the logistics of field research
    • Digital etnography
    • [NEW] Ethnography in interface with Social Network Analysis and other trends in the field of the digital humanities
    • Ethnography in specific fields of activity (applied social sciences, health, social service, environmental studies, public policy design, business, and others)
    • Principles of organization and indexation of field data
    • Analyzing field data; qualitative analysis software packages: basic principles

The total work load of the course is 30 hours. In this edition of the summer school, the option of earning credits is not available

Platforms: Zoom and Google Classroom.

Registration and other costs:

[NEW] Places are limited. The tuition fee is US$ 600.

Application should be completed online here.

For more information, please write to Renzo Taddei at

Click here to apply

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