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UAlberta Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility

City: Belgrade  Country: Serbia

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Hone your ethnographic sensibility through attention and sensorium training methods developed in visual arts, performance, music and mindfulness. Break your perceptual habits and develop acute receptivity to the nuances of the ways people walk and argue, use things and spaces, organize their time, mix smells and tastes, sit at a table, or hail a taxi. Become a sensitive instrument for registering surprises, noting patterns in them, and transposing them into ethnographic writing, film, photography, sound, or performance.

By the end of this course you will:

  •  Learn to apply anthropological and other social theory to real life in a foreign context
  • Gain knowledge of a foreign culture through non-verbal methods
  • Get an introduction to foreign customs, history, and politics
  • Gain experience honing in on particular senses for ethnographic observation
  • Practice how to use your body as an instrument
  • Learn how to use artistic methods (drawing, improvisation, photography, sound recording) as research techniques
  • Gain practical experience in formulating research interests and reflexively carrying them out in the field
  • Gain experience in creative and alternative ways of presenting/exhibiting/writing up research findings.


When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Summer

Dates & Duration: May 29 , 2017 - July 7 2017 (6 weeks)

Application deadline: February 1, 2017

Eligibility Requirements

Open to: All Faculties

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate

Field of study: Anthropology (Relevant also to other social sciences & humanities, as well as science, engineering and health-related programs.)

See Eligibility.

Program Information

Language of Instruction: English

Course Information: 

The course combines academic reading and formal class discussion, guided methods exercises, independent research, and a collaborative exhibition. Students hand in field journals weekly, have weekly meetings with faculty, make final presentations, and write final papers, all graded. Classes are held at the Cultural Center “Grad” – a Belgrade hub for alternative music, art, design and cultural exchange. A 4-day fieldtrip to Western Serbia at the start of the course is included., and an optional 5-day retreat in Montenegro after the end of the program is offered for additional $500.

The field school is quite experimental by nature. Our approach is cutting edge in that we are purposely applying art, mindfulness, and other body and mind-based techniques to anthropological fieldwork, something which is just starting to be developed in the field of Social Sciences. 

This is a regular U of A 6-credit course under two numbers: ANTHR 397 for undergraduates and ANTHR 573 for graduate students. Also satisfies the 6 weeks abroad requirement for the U of Alberta Certificate in International Learning.

Fees & Costs

U of A students pay current tuition fees for 6-credit Summer Session course; non-Canadian residents register as Open Studies or Visiting students at the U of Alberta and must pay International student fees.

The $125 application fee applies to those students who have never attended the University of Alberta and are applying as an Open Studies student.

Any former University of Alberta student who has been absent for 12 consecutive months, or is convocating in June 2016, will pay an application fee of $75.00

An application fee is not required for continuing U of A students who are not convocating in June 2017.

In addition to the regular University of Alberta tuition feels for a 6-credit course, all students pay the fee of $2500 CAD that will cover:

  • Housing in a hostel or home-stay;
  • The 4-day trip to Sirogojno including transportation, lodging, food, use of local conference facilities, and side-trips. Organized tours in Belgrade;
  • Public transportation in Belgrade;
  • Use of classroom and facilities at the Program Venue (KC Grad);
  • Catered lunch for days when classes are held. Transportation to Belgrade not included. Hostel or host families may provide breakfast or other meals, but students should expect to make their own arrangements for meals. Learning the Serbian food culture will be an important opportunity for fieldwork training. 

Program Contact

Marko Zivkovic, Department of Anthroplogy