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When: April 29 – May 31, 2019
Learn how to be a cultural detective through art! Our school uses Belgrade, Serbia and Pula, Croatia as ethnographic laboratories where students learn how to perceive the minute details of everyday life through a series of fun exercises modelled on the way fine arts teach novices how to see, listen and feel in a fresh way by training their attention and sensory acuity. Work with an acting coach and take drawing, creative writing or documentary film workshops. Get the feel of urban spaces, pursue the social life of mundane objects, and attend to the nuances of body language in a foreign culture. Learn to become a cultural seismograph and read your own anxieties in unfamiliar surroundings as indicators of cultural difference.
Our fieldschool is a miniature laboratory where we create some of the circumstances of ethnographic fieldwork, let the students experience the dilemmas and paradoxes of empirical inquiry, and guide them in dealing with them. We teach them not to standardize their method prematurely and tolerate ambiguity because we believe that flexibility, or “elastic rigour” is a hallmark of all scientific inquiry. All activities are closely supervised by experts in both the native culture and ethnographic fieldwork methods. In its fourth year, the Fieldschool is aimed at anthropologists who want to develop their ethnographic sensibility with the particular focus on non-verbal, embodied patterns of everyday life, artists who want to explore the convergences between ethnographic and artistic training, and designers, architects, urban-planners and scientists interested in engaging with their practice in a culturally sensitive way. Accommodation in hostel and local families. Four weeks in Belgrade (including field-trips to the Serbian countryside) will be combined with a week in Pula with field-trips in Istria. No knowledge of Serbian/Croatian required.
MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY, SUMMER 2019
Deadline: January 15, 2019
The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces the summer session focused on the teaching of Medieval Greek, from June 30 to July 31, 2019.
Founded in 1881, the American School is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of ancient and post-classical studies. One of the two major research libraries of the School, the Gennadius Library, which houses over 146,000 volumes and archives, is devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization.
The Library invites applications for a month-long Summer Session for Medieval Greek at the Intermediate to Advanced Level. The objective is to familiarize students who have a sound foundation in Classical Greek with Medieval Greek language and philology by exposing them to primary sources, different kinds of literary genres, paleography and epigraphy, drawing on the resources of the Gennadius Library. The two Professors leading the session are Professor Alexander Alexakis, University of Ioannina and Professor Stratis Papaioannou, Brown University/University of Crete.
The month-long full-time program will include daily translation of Byzantine texts; introduction to Greek paleography and Byzantine book culture; use of the collections of the Gennadius Library; visits to area museums and libraries including the Byzantine, Benaki, and Epigraphical Museums; and visits outside Athens including Corinth, Mistra, Thessaloniki, and Hosios Loukas. Individual tutorials and assignments for each student will be determined by specific needs and field of study. The language of instruction is English. Participants should plan to arrive on June 30 and depart on July 31.
The program is offered at the intermediate to advanced level for up to twelve students enrolled in graduate programs in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide; preference may be given to students who have limited access to instruction in Byzantine Greek at their home institutions. A minimum of two years of college-level or post-doctoral Classical Greek (or the equivalent) is required. If there are available slots, faculty or postdoctoral scholars affiliated with any university worldwide may also be considered. A diagnostic test (available electronically) may be administered to finalists before the final selection of students is made.
The American School is not a degree-granting institution. No grades are given for its programs, nor are transcripts provided. Upon request, an optional final exam at the end of the program may be provided and the directors will write a letter to the participant’s home institution, recommending that credit be granted, provided that the student has satisfactorily participated in the program and passed the final exam.
Costs and Scholarships
Twelve Leventis Foundation scholarships cover the costs of tuition, School fees, housing, required travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare to and from Greece, meals, and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility.
Submit online application, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation (one from the academic advisor and one from a Greek language teacher). Direct link to application: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/116263/ascsa-gennadius-library-summer-session-application
Applicants are required to submit scans of academic transcripts as part of the online application. Application fee is US$25.
The selection results will be announced March 15.
19th Annual Ethnographic Field School
When: Summer, June 2 to July 14, 2019
Where: Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
What: Learn how to design, conduct, investigate and write up your own independent project while living with a local family on the shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Throughout the program, you will learn about Maya culture while developing skills in project design and fieldwork as you carry out your own research project.
Who: All Majors welcome! This program is open to students from any major and all universities. Whether you are an undergraduate, a graduate student, or just finished college, learning how to collect data and talk to people is beneficial not only for those in anthropology, but also for those in many other majors, including sociology, international studies, public health, history, education, textiles, natural resource management, business and management, sociolinguistics, political science, psychology, design and engineering. Anyone interested is encouraged to apply. We work with students with a variety of interests to help develop individualized research projects.
How: See what research is really like, do your own project, manage your own time and work according to the needs of your topic. Challenge yourself by living in a Maya community with a local family. We keep the seminars to a minimum, so students can have enough time to work on their projects; we want students to learn by doing, with intensive and in-depth hands-on learning.
Costs: The $4000 fee includes room and board, insurance, in-country travel, and tuition for 6 credit hours (airfare not included- about $600). Get in touch with us for ideas about funding your study abroad experience!
Apply: Apply through the CSUDH Study Abroad Website. Visit the Guatemala EFS Program website for more information and photos from previous years. The application deadline is February 1, 2019. Applications received after this time are accepted on a rolling basis as space permits.
*The NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala is now recruiting students for its four-week summer session: June 17 – July 12, 2019. *
The field school offers transdisciplinary learning to promote leadership in social justice through collaboration with Guatemala-based NGO and other community partners.
*Graduate students and upper division undergraduate majors in anthropology, occupational therapy, public health or related disciplines are encouraged to apply via our website www.napaotguatemala.org by February 1, 2019. Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis. * The field school is a project of the NAPA-OT SIG (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology – Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group) of the American Anthropological Association. Faculty include anthropologists, public health practitioners, and occupational therapists with credentials and interests in health care access and human rights, child development, and global health.
The objectives of the program are:
- To explore efforts to achieve social and occupational justice in Guatemala, a country with a history of ethnic and class violence
- To question the role of global health and development programs in creating lasting change in support of health as a human right
- To explore the concept of “occupational justice” as an emerging practice area in occupational therapy, global health, and applied anthropology, focusing on occupational capacity
- To examine health disparities in Guatemala through applied medical anthropology theory and human rights discourse
- To understand the determinants of health and basic epidemiology in Guatemala
- To provide a transdisciplinary fieldwork opportunity to students of occupational therapy, anthropology, and related subjects
- To promote social justice through partnerships in and around Antigua, Guatemala, with NGOs, community groups, health care workers, and other social change agents
*Applicants students will have the opportunity to work in one of three project groups:*
- *PEDIATRIC NUTRITION: SOCIAL AND OCCUPATIONAL OUTCOMES OF UNDERNOURISHED CHILDREN*
- *HEALTH PROVIDER PERSPECTIVES: INTERRELATIONSHIPS OF THE PUBLIC, PRIVATE, AND PHILANTHROPIC SECTORS WITHIN THE GUATEMALAN HEALTH SYSTEM*
- *SURGICAL MISSIONS: CRITICAL HUMANITARIANISM*
Students also will study Spanish a minimum of 9 hours per week, working one-on-one with certified language instructors at their own level and pace. Visit our website for more information at www.napaotguatemala.org
Summer 2019 OSEA Ethnography Field School in México
Six Week Program: June 2 to July 13: http://www.osea-cite.org/program/ethnography_overview.php
Four Week 1: June 2 to June 29
Four Week 2: June 16 to July 13
OSEA Maya Language Immersion, FLAS Eligible
- 6 Weeks: June 16 to July 27, 2019 http://www.osea-cite.org/program/maya_overview.php
OSEA Intensive Spanish
- 2 Weeks: June 2 to June 15, 2019 <http://www.osea-cite.org/program/spanish.php
Where: Chichén Itzá, Yucatán México
Enrollment & Applications: http://www.osea-cite.org/apply/application.php
- Enrollment Opens Dec. 10 2018
- Early Enrollment by Jan 20, 2019, $300 discount
- Regular Enrollment by February 20, 2019
Students learn to do ethnography, while conducting individual or team projects on:
- Archaeological ethnography — life histories of Maya who lived in Chichén Itzá
- Tourism Ethnography — Studying tourist experience
- Gender Studies — Maya sexualities, dating & concepts of self & person
- Globalization — Maya subcultures, youth
- Visual ethnography — photographic ethnography of Maya art, everyday life
- Heritage Studies — Maya concepts of ruins, politics of the past as commodity
- Anthropology of Food — identity through diet/food in globalized cultures
- Medical Anthropology — illness narratives, healing, suffering, Self
- Economic Anthropology — gendered strategies & visions of life success
Visit www.osea-cite.org for program details
- Learn about Student Experience and Read student reviews: http://www.osea-cite.org/history/student_experience.php
- Learn about research projects of past participants: https://www.facebook.com/pg/OSEA-Open-School-of-Ethnography-and-Anthropology-179705342064451/videos/?ref=page_internal
- Video Archive of Past Student Research Projects: https://www.facebook.com/179705342064451/videos/1382823571752616/
International Field School on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology in the Athenian Agora
Deadline: March 1, 2019
The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science (ASCSA) in collaboration with the ASCSA Excavations at the Athenian Agora offers a full week-long Field School on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology in the Athenian Agora. Dr. Panagiotis (Takis) Karkanas, director of the Wiener Laboratory and Paul Goldberg, Professorial Research Fellow University of Wollongong, will supervise the intensive field school. Registered students will be involved in interdisciplinary field research in the Athenian Agora primarily focused on archaeological context, geoarchaeology, and material sciences. Through field observations, laboratory analysis, and lectures, the students will receive instruction in the study and analysis of archaeological sediments and deposits, as well as gain experience in the recording of stratigraphy, and the understanding site formation processes. A maximum of 12 students will be accepted for the course. Preference is given to advanced students and post-docs with a background in archaeology, and preferably some exposure to the natural sciences as well.
The cost for Room and Board is 300 euros for the entire week. Travel costs to Greece and to the site are not included.
The course will take place from June 2 to 8, 2019. Applications should be submitted no later than 1st March via the online application form: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/127620/international-field-school-on-site-formation-stratigraphy-and-geoarchaeology-in
Application materials include one paragraph explaining why the candidate is interested in participating in the course, a CV, a list of grades (unofficial transcript), and names and email addresses of two referees.
Participants who successfully complete the course of instruction will receive a certificate detailing the content of the field school.
Textbooks: Reconstructing Archaeological sites 2019 by Panagiotis Karkanas and Paul Goldberg (Wiley Blackwell), Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology 2006 by Paul Goldberg and Richard I. Macphail (Blackwell) and Microarchaeology 2010 by Stephen Weiner (Cambridge University Press).
A syllabus will be emailed 3 weeks before the start of the field school.
For further information or questions, please contact Dr. Panagiotis (Takis) Karkanas at [email protected].