Students will conduct an observational exercise and write a brief report of their findings.
Students are asked to select only one of the following three public spaces for their ethnographic study:
1. The Grange Food Court (this one)
(i will send you all the photos or videos of the fieldsite on monday)
Students should spend approximately 30 minutes ‘on-site’ and note their surroundings. Record your observations: indicate the location of your venue and the time of day that you visit the site, who is present, what sorts of activities are taking place? What is not happening? What do you notice? You are further encouraged to engage or use different senses in your observations (e.g., tell us what you see, hear, and/or smell during your encounter).
How to Complete this Assessment.
1. Context / Description of ‘Fieldsite’ (Length: approximately 200-250 words).
In this section, students should identify and describe their chosen fieldsite. When you visit your site, spend approximately 30 minutes, and observe your surroundings. Take notes about the types of activities in which people engage in your site, and what you notice about the demographics of those using this venue (e.g., gender, age, ethnicity). To record your observations, you can draw pictures, make diagrams, whatever you like. Then write a brief summary of your observations
2. Data Collection (Length: approximately 150-200 words)
Students are expected to describe the methods used to record data. What forms of data collection did you use? Why? You can improvise with whatever tools you have at hand to record your findings (e.g., photography, written notes, audio recordings, videos, drawings, etc.). Feel free to use unconventional modes of representation for recording a specific type of sensory experience. Students may ask: What worked well? What didn’t? What are the pros and cons of each method? What sorts of activities took place during your encounter? What other activities might take place in this site at different times?
3. Analysis of Fieldwork Experience (Length: approximately 150-200 words).
Students are expected to critically engage with their experiences and suggest reasons for
why sensory attunements would be useful for anthropologists ‘in-the-field.’ Students may ask themselves: how can sensory methods be incorporated into written ethnography? What is
the difference between representation and presentation in ethnographic practice? How can sensory ethnography deal with these issues? What are the benefits and limitations of sensory approaches for the work of anthropologists? A good analysis should take into consideration the course themes and theories as outlined in the textbook and in the lectures