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.

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, in the Upper West Side of New York City.

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

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.

For more information, please write to Renzo Taddei at taddei@iri.columbia.edu, or visit http://www.cifas.us/page/5th-cifas-field-school-ethnographic-research-methods.

Program:

Session Topic
June 16
  • Foundations of ethnographic research
June 17
  • Theory and practice: social theories in the field
June 18
  • Research design & data collection techniques
June 19
  • Planning the logistics of field research
June 20
  • Field trip & individual, one-on-one discussion of research projects
    Weekend
June 23
  • Ethnography in specific fields of activity (applied social sciences, public policy design, business & management, and others)
June 24
  • Principles of organization and indexation of field data
June 25
  • Analyzing field data
June 26
  • Qualitative analysis software packages: basic principles
June 27
  • Field trip & wrap up session

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