Ethnographic Fieldwork involves very particular challenges and dilemmas. How and what can we learn through our experiences and encounters “in the field”? How can we, as both researchers and human travelers, navigate the ethical, emotional, and epistemological complexities of doing research with and about people?
This course will provide you with a theoretical and practical toolbox for designing, conducting, and writing ethnographic research projects. We will explore various concepts and debates related to anthropological methods in the classroom at York, and then develop and apply specific research skills in the field. You will have the opportunity to design your own research project in close consultation with the instructor, and to conduct your own ethnographic fieldwork during an intensive four-week research trip to Athens, Greece.
Anthropology students – Successful completion of AP/ANTH 1110 OR AP/ANTH 1120 AND Successful completion of a minimum of one 2000-level Anthropology course Sociology students – Successful completion of AP/SOCI 2030 6.00 and AP/SOCI 2040 6.00
NOTE: If you do not meet the prerequisites, please contact the course director, Othon Alexandrakis at firstname.lastname@example.org
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION:English
FORMAT: The course will be offered in the summer session only. Three weeks on York University campus, followed by four weeks in Athens, Greece.
PROGRAM FEE: $1200 – $1400 includes accommodations, Wi-Fi, visits, guides, entrance fees and two group dinners. (to be confirmed)
FUNDING: York University students are eligible for the York International Mobility Award (YIMA) – $500. We’re also looking to secure an additional $500 in funding from LA & PS. Check this space for updates…
Click HERE to access the Greek Festival Program for 2014!
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This year ANTH 3110 will be hosted in Greece by
CYA – College Year in Athens!
Learn more about CYA here.
Click here for information about our accommodations.
Click here for a live view of Athens from the CYA rooftop (notice the Acropolis in the background!).
Here’s a map of the area:
Explore art, architecture, literature, history, or cuisine – on foot! This group brings visitors and local experts together to explore aspects of the city’s history plus current events. Big Olive will take groups as small as four people…
- Modernist Athens & Le Corbusier
- The Orientalist’s Walk
- Refugee Trails
- Secrets of the Lost River
- Greek Revival Walk
The Royal Garden was commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838 and completed by 1840. It was designed by the German agronomist Frederick Schmidt who imported over 500 species of plants and a variety of animals including peacocks, ducks, and turtles. (see Wikipedia for more).
Many important social and political events have occurred in the garden. Anthropologists continue to look at this site with interest.
Click here for a virtual tour of the gardens.
Here are walking directions from Mets (where we’ll be staying) to one of the turtle ponds in the National Gardens. First student to snap a picture of the turtles this summer will get a prize!
The Benaki Museum, established and endowed in 1930 by Antonis Benakis in memory of his father Emmanuel Benakis, is housed in the Benakis family mansion in downtown Athens, Greece. The museum houses Greek works of art from the prehistorical to the modern times, an extensive collection of Asian art, hosts periodic exhibitions and maintains a state-of-the-art restoration and conservation workshop.(source: Wikipedia)
I am not strange. I am just not normal ~ Salvador Dali
3,987 coffees per month / 126 vodkas in the rain / 25 years in action
a brain hub. tribes and nations in creative disruption. trend setters and mind clusters cooperate in full time. BLOW UP!
Kolokotroni 57 (Monastiraki Station)
As Greeks continue to struggle under the troika austerity measures, a handful of individuals are managing ~ against all odds ~ to find and/or create new opportunities. Check out the following short doc:
“When anthropologists are interested in art, they are interested in what art can make of life. When they ask ‘What is art?’, they want to know what life is – or, more accurately, how life is lived, experienced and expressed. And when they enquire about what it is that artists do, they want to find out how their diverse creative pursuits are shaped by the specific cultural and social relations and practices which, at any given moment, make both art and life what they are. Art!” (Excerpt from “Art and Life” by Professor Pavel Büchler, available here)
The photograph above is part of Manolis Baboussis’ “Greek Aesthetics” collection
Visit the National Museum of Contemporary Art online