Instructor: Professor Sasha Welland
Office: Padelford B-110P
Office Hours: M 3:30-5:00 (Google calendar link (Links to an external site.) to sign up for an appointment slot)
*Please note: Every effort will be made to respond to email within 72 hours.
This 3-unit, craft-based workshop supports advanced undergraduate and graduate students in developing ethnographic material in creative formats alternative to the analytic, propositional prose essay or book predominant in contemporary ethnographic practice. The course will provide a collaborative environment for students to explore the relationship between ethnographic content and form, or put another way, the relationship between cultural aesthetics or poetics and ethnographic representation. In order to participate, students must have a well-defined project based on some previous ethnographic research and a preliminary proposal for the medium in which they intend to work, such as creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, photography, performance, video, audio, or some combination thereof. The focus of the workshop will be on sharing resources and models; iteratively producing and revising well-defined projects that can be completed within ten weeks; and providing constructive feedback to fellow participants.
For undergraduates, this studio course guides students in creating a capstone project, different from and possibly complementary to an honors thesis. For graduate students, it provides a way to practice or prototype modes of ethnographic inquiry and representation they want to incorporate or further develop through dissertation research.
In order to maintain a workshop environment, the course is limited to 15 students. Registration is by add code from instructor only. In order to apply, please submit a project proposal by February 5 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications (500 words or less) should describe the ethnographic research already completed and a proposal for how you want to develop this material, including the medium you will use and an argument for why you have chosen it. Participants will be admitted based on the level of preparation and thought demonstrated in their proposals. Add codes will be issued by February 12 when enrollment for Spring Quarter opens.
NOTE: This new studio course is being developed in conjunction with a current Winter Quarter speaker series and microseminar titled Ethnographic Aesthetics: Image, Sound, Word. It is also complementary with the Spring Quarter offering, ANTH 429: Expressive Culture.