15th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods in New York City

Call for participants

On-site in New York City: July 18 to 29, 2022 – 9 AM to 12 PM EDT


The Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study (CIFAS) is pleased to announce the 15th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods. In 2022, the course returns to its face-to-face modality in New York City. Classes will meet at Teachers College, Columbia University.

The Field School aims to offer training in the foundations and practice of ethnographic methods. The faculty works closely with participants to identify the required field methods 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, and consumer behavior, among others), applied social scientists, professionals, and researchers who have an interest in learning more about ethnographic methods and their applications.


o   Foundations of ethnographic research

o   Theory and practice: social theories in the field

o   Research design

o   Data collection techniques

o   Planning the logistics of field research

o   Digital ethnography

o   Ethnography in interface with Social Network Analysis and other trends in the field of the digital humanities

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

o   Principles of organization and indexation of field data

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

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

Coordinator: Renzo Taddei (Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005) – see bio.

Places are limited. The tuition fee is US$ 1,200. Comitas Field School Fellowship: a limited amount of fellowships are available to students from underrepresented minorities and low-income countries. See information on how to apply at the end of the application form.

The application should be completed online here. For more information, please see https://cifas.us/field-school/ or email us at fieldschool@cifas.us.