ANTHRCUL 301 - The Ethnographer's Craft
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Spanish language background required.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course considers the history, politics, and possibilities of the ethnographer’s craft, focusing on ethnographic writing, ethnographic photography, and videography. Students will learn to analyze a range of textual strategies, including monologue, dialogue, first person narrative, third person narrative, flashback, different methods of quoting or paraphrasing “informants,” and descriptive accounts of settings. In addition to becoming familiar with these literary genres and textual strategies, the course provides a workshop environment for members of the class to strengthen their own writing and embark on ethnographic projects of their own under the supervision of the professor. Students will hone their skills as creative ethnographers by producing original writing and photographs (and visual art or videos, if desired) based on their ethnographic research in Havana and provincial cities in Cuba.

Crs Requirements: This course will be taught as a seminar and workshop. Students will keep a notebook of ethnographic fieldnotes documenting ideas drawn from their readings and experiences. The written projects will consist of four short writing exercises (approximately 2-3 pages each), a prospectus (approximately 2-3 pages) and a final long work (approximately 10-15 pages). Students will have the opportunity to workshop their writing exercises and drafts of their final projects. The final project will be based on original research carried out in Cuba during the semester abroad experience.

Intended Audience: Students pursuing any field of study are eligible, but the program will be of special interest to students interested in Cuban literature, anthropology, history, and film. Juniors and seniors are preferred. Sophmores with appropriate academic preparation may also apply.

Class Format: The class meets 1 hpw in lecture format and 2 hpw in seminar format, as well as additional hours per site visit to three provincial cities/regions (estimated 3 hours per visit to attend scheduled lectures and events).

Assessment: Student portfolios can be used to assess the success of teaching. Additional evaluations of the Semester Abroad Program can be provided by GSI.

ANTHRCUL 301 - The Ethnographer's Craft
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Note: This course takes place in Cuba as part of OIP Cuba program. Apply through OIP.
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