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240100 AL Anthro Lab (P6) (2011W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 17.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 14.11. 09:00 - 12:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Monday 28.11. 09:00 - 12:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 12.01. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 19.01. 09:00 - 12:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 30.01. 09:00 - 12:15 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Introduction to the basics of a research proposal, its design, structure and the pitfalls of writing a research proposal

The 'field' the 'case' and the 'scale' of fieldwork

Evidence and Data

The 'Native anthropologist' and the 'anthropology at home'

Fieldnotes, Authority and Reflexivity

Discussion of the final drafts of the Research proposals

Assessment and permitted materials

Grading: Introduction to the readings of the session (20%)
Presentation of different parts of the research proposal (40%)
Research proposal within the format discussed in class (40%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This seminar aims on the one hand to provide a critical view to the discussions of the changing context of data collection and fieldwork especially within the frame of globalization and increasing transnationalism, on the other hand to accompany the students in preparing their research proposals. What are the effects of globalization on the traditional methods and concepts of fieldwork, case selection and the very concept of unit of analysis? How do the changing notions of 'field site', 'locality', 'community' and 'accessibility' alter the ethnographic encounter? The students are encouraged to critically rethink these categories in designing their research and writing their research proposal.

Given the current research interests of the instructor, this course targets students writing their thesis on migration and /or urban transformations as well as cultural industries.

Examination topics

The course is organized as seminars in which the students are expected to participate actively. Each session’s readings will be introduced by a student. The student(s) responsible for introducing the readings will send a synopsis of the presentation (max. 3 pages) to the instructor two days before the seminar. Each student is expected to prepare, present and discuss his/her research proposal during the course.

Reading list

Association in the course directory

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