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Apr
30
Thu
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.

Goals

  • 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

Dates

Session 1:June 5 – June 24,2020

Session 2: July 2 – July 21,2020

Session 3:July 29 – August 17,2020

Application
www.anthropologyfieldschool.org

Organization
Expeditions, Research in applied anthropology vzw http://www.xpeditions.eu

Program Director
Sam Janssen – [email protected]

Scholarship Information
Scholarship application deadline: January 5
https://www.anthropologyfieldschool.org/generalinformation/scholarship/scholarship.html

May
15
Fri
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.