January Field School in Ethnographic Methods in Uruguay

3rd CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods

3 to 13 January 2012 – Montevideo, Uruguay

The Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study (CIFAS) is pleased to announce the 3rd CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods, in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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 designed for people with little or no experience in ethnographic research, or those who want a refresher course. It 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

· 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 softwares: basic principles

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

· Short field trips in the interior of Uruguay



Renzo Taddei (Assistant Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro/Affiliated Researcher, Columbia University). CV:http://bit.ly/nueNbu.

Ana Laura Gamboggi (Postdoctoral fellow, University of Brasilia). CV:http://bit.ly/psuVyw.

Assistant Instructors:

Maria Fernanda de Torres Álvarez (M.A. in Anthropology, University of the Republic of Uruguay)

Zulma Amador (Ph.D. candidate, Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology, Mexico)


Registration and other costs: Places are limited. The registration fee is US$600, which covers the full ten days of program activities. The registration fee should be paid on the first day of the program. Pre-registration should be completed online: please send an email to rrt20@columbia.edu, with name, school/institution, contact address and telephone number. The deadline for pre-registration is December 16, 2011.

The registration fee does not cover accommodation, meals or transportation. If needed, the organizers of the Field School can recommend reasonably priced hotels and places to eat during the program. In Uruguay, accommodation, meals and local transportation costs should be no more than US$100 per day in total.

Course venue: Classes will take place in the beautiful Zonamerica Foundation headquarters (refer to http://bit.ly/pBjcJY), an educational institution within walking distance of good restaurants, and the very comfortable Regency Hotel (http://bit.ly/ec7JTA). Other hotels and hostels are available around Montevideo, with easy access to public transportation to and from Zonamerica.

Other information

Language: The Field School activities will be carried out in English. Special sections of the Field School can be offered in Spanish or Portuguese, depending on the number of interested individuals. The Zonamerica Foundation will offer a Spanish Language Immension Course during the same period as the Field School, and arrangements can be made for interested students to attend both the Field School and the Spanish classes. For more information on the Spanish Language Immension Course, write to Ana or Andrea at recepcion@zonamerica.org.

Visa requirements: Citizens of the U.S. and most Latin American and European countries don’t need visas to enter Uruguay, but do need valid passports (except for citizens of countries that are Mercosur members). You can check whether you need a visa here: http://www.dnm.minterior.gub.uy/visas.php.

Insurance: Participants are required to have travel insurance that covers medical and repatriation costs. Proof of purchase of travel insurance must be presented at registration.

Weather: The average temperature in Montevideo in January is 28 ºC (83 ºF) during the day and 17 ºC (62 ºF) at night.

For more information, please write to Renzo Taddei at rrt20@columbia.edu.