This course is an introduction to ethnographic research and writing. In the first half of the course, 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 happy accidents 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)(SISP-Anth Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will include essays on fieldwork methods, ethics, representation, and writing, as well as published ethnographies relevant to your fieldwork project.
|Examination 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 weekly ethnographic research and writing projects, and a final ethnography.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Email me if you wish to take this course but have not taken ANTH 101.
|Instructor(s): Weiss,Margot Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK413; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 0||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 11||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 10||FR: X|