Program Details

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.
Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Graduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

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.

Cost:
€1150 (excluding housing) 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

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition and housing fees of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 1 Reviews

  • The Incredible Memory
    5.0
    07/17/17

    This is my first time to study abroad and attend a summer school. VU does give me a great memory of study. My background is business administration and storytelling is brand new subject to me. In class, we listen to stories of other people. Then we write

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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