Interdisciplinary Ethnography Field School in Mauritius 2016

ethnography field school

For students in all areas of the humanities, social and behavioural sciences. This summer course, offered by Aarhus University, is organized by UConn anthropologist Dimitris Xygalatas.

Why Interdisciplinary Ethnography in Mauritius?

Get hands-on ethnographic fieldwork experience in one of the most diverse societies in the world
This course will provide training in interdisciplinary ethnography, using the field as a social laboratory. Anchored in immersive participant observation, students will be introduced to an interdisciplinary approach to ethnography which blurs the boundaries between traditional dichotomies like qualitative/quantitative, sciences/humanities, and field/lab. The course will also examine key methodological, epistemological, and ethical issues pertaining to the study of culture and working with human subjects. Furthermore, it will involve a series of field trips and lectures on Mauritius, its diverse culture, and its fascinating history.
The course takes place in Mauritius, a small tropical island nation in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius lies between places and traditions. Geographically, it belongs to Africa, although it is located 1500 miles from the continent. Historically, it has been colonized by the Dutch, French, and British, all of whom have left their marks on the local culture. And demographically, it is one of the most diverse societies in the world. Its inhabitants draw their ancestries from various places in Asia, Africa, and Europe; they speak a great variety of languages, including French, English, and the Mauritian Creole; and they practice a multitude of religions, among which most prominent are Hinduism, Catholicism, and Islam. Such diversity makes Mauritius an ideal “social laboratory”.
In this course, you will acquire skills pertaining to:
– Designing, conducting, and reporting a field study
– Key methodological and epistemological issues pertaining to the relation between ethnographic and experimental work
– Ethical issues in working with human subjects
– A basic knowledge of Mauritian culture and history

Training will be provided in the form of lectures, workshops, fieldtrips, and hands-on empirical work.
Venue, Travel and Accommodation:
The couse takes place in Mauritius. Students are required to pay for their own travel and accommodation, but will be offered the opportunity to rent rooms in local houses at very low prices. In addition to lowering costs, this will also help the local community and provide a unique chance to experience authentic Mauritian culture.
The course is taught by anthropologist Dimitris Xygalatas and a team of Mauritian and international lecturers.
For more information, please visit AU website or see the brochure ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD SCHOOL IN MAURITIUS.