Netherlands, Amsterdam

Hands-on Anthropology and Collaborative Storytelling

when 8 July 2017 - 22 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1150

Everyone has a story to tell. For anthropologists, such accounts can reveal as much about the people and societies we study as more conventional research. But the process of collecting stories in the field and retelling them in the academic arena is littered with pitfalls. How do we ensure that our subjects are fairly represented? How do we construct a culturally sensitive narrative whilst maintaining scientific validity? This course introduces you to the hands-on approach we call DAY: do anthropology yourself. It is about engaging actively with interlocutors to include them in the process of generating knowledge that represents them and their societies. In this way we turn scientific endeavour into a collaborative process that empowers both researchers and researched.

There can be few better places to practise this method than Amsterdam. As one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, home to people of 180 nationalities, fascinating personal stories abound here. At the heart of DAY are interactive conversational workshops at which you hear some of these, from refugees and others.
Working with experienced ethnographers and creative writers, you learn to construct narratives in collaboration with your interlocutors. In other words, how to turn lived experiences into creative stories with an academic appeal.

Along the way, we guide you through the process of gathering stories as the basis for a scientific inquiry, using simple but effective fieldwork tools (such as mobile phones), and presenting them through “low-tech” media like creative writing and oral storytelling. Obviously, this is a highly practical course requiring your active participation throughout. It is organized by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at VU Amsterdam in collaboration with social research studio Pollinize and youth theatre project Studio 52nd.

Course leader

Dr. Younes Saramifar, Prof. Dimitris Dalakoglou, Prof. Halleh Ghorashi , Dr Ellen Bal, Dr L. Nencel, Dr Ton Salman, Dr Marina de Regt, Dr Sanderien Verstappen, Lipika Bansal, Sipko Melissen, Dr. Roy Gigengack, Dr. Barbara Arisi

Target group

Advanced Bachelor's/Master's

Course aim

This course introduces you to the hands-on approach we call DAY: do anthropology yourself. It is about engaging actively with interlocutors to include them in the process of generating knowledge that represents them and their societies. In this way we turn scientific endeavour into a collaborative process that empowers both researchers and researched.

Credits info

3 ECTS
50 contact hours

Fee info

EUR 1150: Included in the tuition fee are:

• Airport pick-up service
• Orientation programme
• Course excursions
• On-site support
• 24/7 emergency assistance
• Transcript of records after completion of the course

Scholarships

• Early bird discount of €150 for anyone who applies and pays before 15 March 2017.
• €250 discount for students from partner universities.
• 10 scholarships available that cover the full tuition fee of one course.
• Combine 2 courses: €100 discount

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