This course is an introduction to ethnographic research and writing. In the first half, we will explore some of the research methodologies anthropologists use to understand, interpret, and analyze culture. You will choose an ethnographic field project for the semester and practice methods such as participant observation, interviewing, virtual ethnography, auto-ethnography, and visual representation. Weekly workshops will provide opportunities to reflect on questions of ethics, positionality, and the improvisational that arise during fieldwork.
In the second half of the course, you will begin to write about your field site. Using published ethnographies as models, you will practice a variety of ethnographic writing strategies, genres, and styles including realist, reflexive, dialogic, engaged, and experimental. Our workshops will help you refine your writing and think through the effects and politics of particular representational choices. This course will prepare you to pursue ethnographically-based theses and essays in your senior year and is the preferred way for anthropology majors to fulfill the methods requirement for the major.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CWRC)(SISP-Anth Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Allaine Cerwonka, IMPROVISING THEORY: PROCESS AND TEMPORALITY IN ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELDWORK.
Kirin Narayan, ALIVE IN THE WRITING: CRAFTING ETHNOGRAPHY IN THE COMPANY OF CHEKHOV.
Paul Stoller, SENSUOUS SCHOLARSHIP.
Alisse Waterson and Maria D Vesperi, ANTHROPOLOGY OFF THE SHELF: ANTHROPOLOGIST ON WRITING
D Soyini Madison, CRITICAL ETHNOGRAPHY: METHOD, ETHICS, AND PERFORMANCE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
This is a writing-intensive, workshop-based course. You'll be expected to share your writing and ideas with your classmates, and provide constructive criticism and feedback on others' work throughout the semester. Assignments will consist of bi-weekly ethnographic research and writing projects, and a final ethnography.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students must attend the first day of class.
|Instructor(s): Ulysse,Gina Athena Times: ..T.... 07:00PM-09:50PM; Location: WYL115; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 0||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 9||FR: 0|
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