|Course level||Advanced Bachelor/Master, open to PhD staff and professionals|
||30 June to 14 July 2018
|Recommended course combination
||Session 2: Hands-on Anthropology and Ethnographic Storytelling|
Session 3: Impact of an Empire
|Co-ordinating lecturer||Dr. Younes Saramifar|
|Other lecturers||Prof. Halleh Ghorashi, Sipko Melissen, Dr Marjo de Theije, Dr Maaike Matelski, Dr Kathy Davis, Dr Younes Saramifar|
|Form(s) of tuition||Interactive seminars, Work groups, lectures|
|Form(s) of assessment||Ethnographic narrative and presentation|
Students and professionals in the field of social sciences and behavioural studies, humanities, Business Administration, Medical consultancy and Social work with an interest in human behaviour, fieldwork, ethnography, interviews and storytelling. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds.
This course focuses on hands-on anthropology with strong orientation toward storytelling and narrating the life of others from cultural anthropological perspectives. The course is hand-on which means students learn to utilize the skills that they have gathered through their own lived experience as well as the training that receive during the course. Hand-on anthropology brings together reflexivity and academic trainings to show how students can turn their field-notes and observations into coherent narrative that are scientifically valid.
The course is divided in two sessions and they are interdependent of each other however, the sessions are not each other pre-requisite. Students can participate and enrol in either the first block or the second one or they could combine the sessions:
The First Session concentrates on the role of the researcher in the research and how an ethnographic narrative is effected by the ethnographer. The students learn how to tell an ethnographic story through our program DAY (Do Anthropology Yourself). DAY encourages students to consider the background and positionality in ways that they see and perceive the world. By the end of the first block, students learn how to assemble an ethnographic puzzle and construct a coherent narrative that begins with them and it ends with socially relevant conclusion.
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 learn intriguing stories from practitioners and people from various walks of life. Students hear and listen stories from invited speakers and get the chance to practice and ask from them how their stories should be conveyed in a culturally and ethically sensitive manner. 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.
At the end of this course, you:
Students are asked to familiarize themselves with ‘From Oral to Written: An Anthropological Breakthrough in Storytelling’ by Jack Goody, ‘Storytelling Events, Violence, and the Appearance of the Past’ by Michael Jackson, , ‘The anthropology of storytelling and the storytelling of anthropology’ by Rodolfo Maggio, ‘