Summer 2017 Ethnographic Field School in Ecuadorian Amazon
June 1 - July 1, 2017
6 credits (Ethnographic Field School / Language and Culture)
Appalachian State University, UNC system
Director: Dr. Jon Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Christina Sornito, email@example.com
$3,400 (includes: roundtrip airfare from Charlotte to Quito, in-country transportation, food and lodging for 30 days, entrance fees)
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2017
NOTE: This program is limited to 12 spots with a pre-approval process.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Now in its tenth year, and in collaboration with the Appalachian State University Ethnography Lab (Department of Anthropology), this program will give students the opportunity to travel to Ecuador where they will learn about indigenous culture and language by working with a community in the Amazon. The majority of the program will be spent on the shores of the Napo River, one of the main tributaries that create the Amazon River.
This is an anthropological-based program in which students will take two courses. In the first, Ethnographic Field School, students learn the scope of ethnographic methods used by fieldworking anthropologists, and begin to design small-scale research projects of their own. Students work directly with an indigenous women's cooperative focused on gender, sustainable community tourism, and the transformation/conservation of local traditions. Students work with community members to learn about indigenous representation in Ecuador,
and the impact of oil, eco-tourism, and rainforest management on identity, gender, and community empowerment among Kichwa (Quichua)-speakers of the upper Amazon. The program focuses on engaged anthropology and collaborative partnerships between scholars, students, and local community members. For the second course, Language and Culture, students learn about the Kichwa language, and the politics of language preservation, heritage, and cultural activism in Ecuador.
Dr. Jon Carter and Dr. Christina Sornito, field school directors and co-directors of the Appalachian State Ethnography Lab, work with students to produce final projects that draw from readings in ethnographic writing, visual anthropology, ethnographic film, the anthropology of sound, and sensory ethnography. Students work in collaboration with indigenous and community organizers to produce ethnographic works (final projects) on human and animal worlds, environmental politics, history, resource extraction, cultural identity, gender, tourism, and other themes that emerge from course readings. Working together, students will develop their own research goals and carry out their research with local community members. Students will visit family homes with indigenous translators and guides, to meet and spend time with local families, and receive an introduction to local traditions and practices in the way of manioc (cassava/yuca) harvesting, community service projects (mingas), ceramic traditions, environmental conservation, and "shamanism". Students also hike into the Amazon jungle, where they will learn about local plants used for medicinal purposes and regional biodiversity.
Students have come from Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University, Indiana University, York University, Tufts University, Louisiana State University, Bowdoin College, Eckerd College, St. John's College, University of New Mexico, University of Alabama, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Florida International University, and many others. Their majors have included anthropology, linguistics, geography, biology, global studies, political science, women's studies, global health, sustainable development, interdisciplinary studies, social work, sociology, and studio art.
Alumni of this program have been accepted to graduate programs (i.e. the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, University of Chicago, London School of Economics and Political Science, Wake Forest University, Arizona State University, the University of Denver, and the University at Albany-SUNY), while others have used this experience to land internships and work with NGOs after graduation such as The Carter Center for Human Rights, AmeriCorps, Language Development and Perception Laboratory at the University of Maryland, Clinton Global Initiative, Université de Lausanne, Yellowstone National Park, Threads of Peru, Cornell University BABY Lab, North Carolina One Health Collaborative, and Latino Health Program of the High Country
HOW TO APPLY
For more information on the program and how to apply.
We encourage anyone who is interested to contact the program co-director, Dr. Jon Carter, for further information, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Museum Field Studies, Ethnoarchaeology and Traditional Crafts Workshop
Dates: June 4 – July 1, 2017
Location: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania (Romania)
More information: http://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/field-museology---ethnoarchaeology
Contact e-mail: email@example.com
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