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2020 Off the Beaten Track Summer Field School
Apr 30 all-day

Off the Beaten Track

summer field school for anthropology and ethnography

General Information

The school is located on the Islet of Gozo (Malta) in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. The program runs for 20 days, during three sessions in the summer of 2020. The five working days of the week will be reserved for fieldwork, field trips and activities, as well as personalized discourse with academic experts. We aim for a student to staff ratio of two to one (with a maximum of 16 students per session).

Participation in this project facilitates insight into the life and work of the anthropologist in the field. The project creates an intensive, individualized, master-apprentice situation in which budding anthropologists can take the steps they need.

Our framework provides inspiration for your own fieldwork project and allows you to research topics of your interest with professional help whenever needed. Those willing will have their project guided by us towards a published research paper.


  • Experience life in the field.
  • Design and execute your own research
  • Publish your (first?) research
  • Adapt to a new culture and climate.
  • Gain insight from experienced, professional anthropologists .
  • Learn through collaboration and discussion with your
  • Make friends and network with an international community of

Course Description

The structure of the field school is open­-ended pursuit of ethnographic study. Individual or group meetings are offered to place structure around your individual research project.

Directed at

The field school is directed towards young anthropologists and cultural scientists. However, any individual who would like to learn about anthropological research and fieldwork is welcome to apply. Previous knowledge or experience is not required.We aim for an individualized program that can start at any level. This learning environment has proven useful for beginners as well as Phd students,and guided participants with a variety of topics within and outside of our socio-cultural  focus.

Program Cost

3.250 euros

Discounts and scholarships are available.

Included in the fee are:

  • Accommodation (apartments)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Official Attendance Certificate
  • Transcript of Records (3-9 semester credits)
  • Supervision with fieldwork analysis and in the write-up stages after the program
  • Peer reviewed publication
  • Airfare is not included


Session 1:June 5 – June 24,2020

Session 2: July 2 – July 21,2020

Session 3:July 29 – August 17,2020


Expeditions, Research in applied anthropology vzw

Program Director
Sam Janssen – [email protected]

Scholarship Information
Scholarship application deadline: January 5

Tropical Biology and Conservation Field Courses in Costa Rica
May 15 all-day
Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates:  Winter Session: December 28, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Summer Session: July 4-July 19, 2020.

Program Fee: $2600

Application deadline: Winter Session: December 1, 2019; Summer Session: June 1, 2020

Course Description

This two week course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. Learning experiences fall into four main categories: field exercises, seminars, lectures, and applied conservation. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in: (1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems and conservation. Service learning is a large component of all our programs. Students will gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation, sustainable agriculture and wildlife monitoring programs (big cat and sea turtle).

Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates: June 10 – July 2, 2020

Program Fee: $3500

Application deadline: May 15, 2020

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. Learning experiences fall into five main categories: field exercises, independent research, discussions, lectures and applied conservation. The first half of the courses is devoted to learning ecological field techniques, while in the second half students design, carry out and present data from their independent research projects. Many of our participants have gone on to present their work at national and regional conferences. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in:(1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems, conservation, climate change and sustainability. Participants gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation, and sea turtle breeding and monitoring programs.

Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability

Dates: Winter Session: December 28, 2019 – January 12, 2020; Summer Session: June 10-June 25, 2020

Program fee: $2600

Application deadline: Winter Session: December 1, 2019; Summer Session: May 15, 2020

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with field experience, on a range of terrestrial surveying techniques, measuring bio-indicator species: mainly key predators and their prey and butterflies. Students will also gain a a better understanding on the principles of defaunation, sustainable development, and community management and its conservation related issues. The course includes four learning experiences categories: field exercises, seminars, lectures, and applied conservation.

The field exercises and seminars offer instruction and experience on direct and indirect methods of biodiversity data collection, management, and analysis, as well as GPS navigation and research project development. Direct methods include butterfly trapping while indirect methods comprise mammal tracking, or camera trapping. Lectures cover ecology and socio-economic and anthropogenic impacts related to selected bio-indicator groups in the Neotropics, with a particularly in the Osa Peninsula. Selected lecture topics include ecology, taxonomy, and conservation of medium-large vertebrates and butterflies, as well as effects of anthropogenic impacts on population dynamics or defaunation. Topics on community-based management, participatory methods, and socio-economic effects on both conservation and the development of sustainable livelihoods for local communities are also included. Students also gain experience in community outreach and education through involvement in an activity at the Piro Ranch involving Don Miguel Sanchez, one of the remaining few landowners in the area.

Field Excursion

All courses include a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation and dolphin and snorkeling trip of the Golfo Dulce. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.
COMELA 2020 @ American College of Greece, Athens, Greece
Sep 2 – Sep 5 all-day

The COMELA 2020 – The (Annual) Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology 2020

American College of Greece, Athens, Greece, September 2 – 5, 2020


Following the growth of the COMELA, The Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology, we announce The COMELA 2020, September 2-5, 2020, at The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece.

The COMELA seeks to redefine scholarship on Mediterranean and European Language and Society.


Purpose and Structure

The COMELA 2020 invites academics in the fields of Linguistics, Anthropology, Linguistic and Cultural Anthropology, and Ethnology, pertinent to The Mediterranean and Europe, to discuss work, and engage in scholarly collaborations, thus strengthening global academic networks in the field.



American College of Greece
Athens, Greece


Keynote and Plenary Speakers 

Jan Blommaert – Tilburg University
Alexandra Georgakopoulou – King’s College London
Dimitris Dalakoglou – Vrije University Amsterdam


  • Taylor and Francis Global Publishers (Official Publishing Partner)
  • 120 major academic institutions globally
  • Scientific Committee of over 120 academics


Journal Special Issues, and Monographs, from papers submitted that meet publication requirements. Papers selected will be published with Top-Tier journals. Here, ample assistance will be provided to revise manuscripts.

All COMELA Conference proceedings will be SCOPUS published.



Abstract and poster proposal submission – June 1, 2019 – November 15, 2019

Notification of acceptance – No later than December 30, 2019 (for those submitted prior to this)


  • Early bird – October 30, 2019 – January 21, 2020
  • Normal bird – January 22, 2020 – April 25, 2020
    • Presenters must register by April 25, 2020, to guarantee a place in the program. Registration will remain open after this, but conference organizers cannot guarantee placement in the conference.
  • Late bird – April 26, 2020 – September 5, 2020 (Conference end)


Conference dates

Wednesday September 2, 2020 – Saturday September 5, 2020

Final day comprises optional Anthropological excursion (separate cost)


Abstract submissions

The Call for Abstracts opens on June 1, 2019, at, which contains all information


Anthropological Excursion

Several options
Attica, Greece



Bounded Languages … Unbounded

Politics of identity are central to language change. Here, linguistic boundaries rise and fall, motivating the ephemeral characteristics of language communities. The Mediterranean and European region is one replete with histories, with power struggles, uniquely demarcating nation, ethnicity, and community. For this, cultural and political identities, language ideologies, as well as the languages themselves, have sought boundedness, dynamics of which have indeed sought change over eons, through demographic movements, through geopolitics, through technological innovation. In a current era of technological advancement, transnational fluidity, intellectual power, capitalism, and new sexualities, then, we question, once again, the boundedness of language and identity, and ways in which to unbound languages and ideologies. More than before, we now increasingly pursue anthropological toil, so to innovate ways to locate these ideologies and their fluid boundaries, actively. We now need to increasingly unbind these languages, and their ideologies, so to arrive at progressive realizations, and to rectify, or at least see and move past, the segregations of old.

The COMELA 2020 theme, “Bounded languages… Unbounded”, encapsulates the ongoing struggle throughout Mediterranean and European regions. As the continuous tension between demarcation, and the concurrent legitimization, of languages, language ideologies, and language identities, enters an era where new modes of interactivity require language communities to take on roles super-ordinate to the past, flexible citizenship now operates within, and not only across, language communities, to unbind languages, and to create new boundaries, unlike those ever seen throughout history.

The COMELA 2020 invites work which addresses the shifting boundedness of Language Communities of the Mediterranean and Europe. Papers and posters should acknowledge and describe processes of language shape, change, and ideology, pertinent to social, cultural, political histories, and futures of Mediterranean and European regions, and by those working in Mediterranean and European regions.



Abstract and poster proposals should address one or more of the key strands related to Mediterranean and European countries and regions:

  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Applied Sociolinguistics
  • Buddhist studies and discourses
  • Cognitive Anthropology and Language
  • Critical Linguistic Anthropology
  • Ethnographical Language Work
  • Ethnography of Communication
  • General Sociolinguistics
  • Islamic Studies and discourses
  • Language, Community, Ethnicity
  • Language Contact and Change
  • Language, Dialect, Sociolect, Genre
  • Language Documentation
  • Language, Gender, Sexuality
  • Language Ideologies
  • Language Minorities and Majorities
  • Language Revitalization
  • Language in Real and Virtual Spaces
  • Language Socialization
  • Language and Spatiotemporal Frames
  • Multi functionality
  • Narrative and Meta narrative
  • Nonverbal Semiotics
  • Poetics
  • Post-Structuralism and Language
  • Semiotics and Semiology
  • Social Psychology of Language
  • Text, Context, Entextualization


Presentation lengths

  • Colloquia – 1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors (Parts A and B are possible, thus 6-10 contributors)
  • General paper sessions – Approx. 20-25 minutes each, including 5 mins for questions/responses
  • Posters – to be displayed at designated times throughout the COMELA 2020


Submission Guidelines (via the online submission website, or by email (see below))

General session papers

  • 18-word maximum title
  • 400-word maximum abstract, including references


  • Submission of only the main abstract for colloquium required
  • Abstract must contain the colloquium main description, and a summary of each individual paper within the colloquium


Evaluation of proposals

  • All abstracts for general sessions will be double blind reviewed.
  • Main parent abstracts for colloquia will be double blind reviewed. All abstracts for individual presentations within each colloquia will not be peer reviewed, but are expected to be at a standard commensurate to the colloquium parent abstract.

Review of criteria are as follows:

  • Appropriateness and significance to COMELA themes
  • Originality/significance/impact of the research
  • Clarity/coherence of research concerns
  • Theoretical and analytical framework(s)
  • Description of research, data collection, findings/conclusions, rhetoric, and exegesis as a whole
  • For colloquia, importance/significance of the overarching topic and/or framework(s) addressed, and its coherence of and with individual presentations.


For more information, please contact:


Professor Helena Maragou

Helena P. Maragou, PhD

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The American College of Greece


Head of Communications

Ms. Nhan Huynh

[email protected]

Raising Indigenous Voices in Academia Conference
Sep 17 – Sep 19 all-day

Raising Indigenous Voices in Academia
September 17–19, 2020

Seneca Resort & Casino
310 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, New York 14303

We are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for Raising Indigenous Voices in Academia, A RIVA Conference on the Scholarship of Indigenous Knowledge


Room Rates

Wed. & Thurs Single/Double – $115 (taxes & fees included) Fri. & Sat. Single/Double $225 (taxes & fees included)

For Hotel Reservations Call: 1-877 873-6322, or (716) 299-1100

Invited speakers

Salish Scholar Dean Nickolai – “Exploring Indigenous Methodological Perspectives in Cultural Resource Management”; Australian Gumbaynggirr Scholar Clark Webb – “Increasing Indigenous Voices in Universities”; Sami Scholar Gunvor Guttom – “The Academic Relevance of a Sami Speaker Researching Sami Language”; Inuit/Greenlandic Scholar Naja Dyrendom Graugaard – “Kalaallit Sealing and the Arctic Sealskin Industry Through Inuit Hunting Knowledge in Greenland”; Salish Scholar Shandin Pete – “Intersecting Ancient Salish Hydrological Knowledge with Modern Hydrological Tools”; and Miami Scholar and MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” recipient Daryl Baldwin

Presentation Types

The conference features research addressing academic areas of interest in archeology, ethno- botany, linguistic anthropology, political/legal anthropology, socio-cultural anthropology, or any other sub discipline of anthropology. Proposals are invited for paper presentations, interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or innovative showcases.

All scholars and administrators are welcome. Indigenous scholars, as perhaps the most underrepresented ethnic group globally, are encouraged to submit proposals.

Registration Fee Schedule

Registrations received prior to May 1st – $360, after May 1st – $400.

Student registrations received before May 1st – $200, after May 1st – $240.

For information on submitting registration form & fee go to


Submit completed registration forms to [email protected]

Presentation proposals should be submitted by March 1, 2020

Vienna Anthropology Days 2020
Sep 28 – Oct 1 all-day

VANDA 2020


WHAT: Vienna Anthropology Days international conference targeting various fields of anthropology and ethnology as well as other social sciences and humanities



Kirsten Hastrup, University of Copenhagen “Environmental Challenges to Anthropology: Elusive Places, Uncertain Times, Hybrid Fields”



Vienna, Austria

University of Vienna


VANDA is more than your average conference:

  • Young Scholars’ Forum: graduate students can network, receive mentoring and practical advice
  • networking through a variety of social activities
  • green conference, local and sustainable food and good, as socially inclusive as possible


Call for Sessions: January 1 – March 1, 2020
Call for Papers: April 1 – June 1, 2020



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