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03/08/04

  13:27:12, by admin   . Categories: Africa, fieldwork / methods, anthropology (general)

Spotting the fieldworker in the field

Gabriel Klaeger, eloweb.nl

While the ethnographic fieldworker is famous for producing countless photographic impressions of his own field, the documentary evidences of his presence and involvement in the research process are rather scarce. Hence, this ‘Cherchez le Chercheur’ series presents photographs which focus on one essential element of the fieldwork setting: the researcher himself.

The following pictures stem from my fieldwork project carried out in Kyebi (Akyem Abuakwa, Eastern Region/Ghana) in 2002. >>continue

(via ethno::log)

02/08/04

  08:08:27, by admin   . Categories: University / Academia

'Degrees for sale' at UK universities

The Observer

Cash-strapped British universities are awarding degrees to students who should be failed, in return for lucrative fees, The Observer can reveal. The 'degrees-for-sale' scandal stretches from the most prestigious institutions to the former polytechnics and includes undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, foreign and home students. In the most extreme case, The Observer has evidence of a professor ordering staff to mark up students at risk of failing in order to keep the money coming in.

At Swansea, the government's University Visitor, Phillip Havers QC, is conducting an investigation into why the vice-chancellor had ordered the closure of five traditional departments - chemistry, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and development studies. Staff believe the decision has been made to boost the numbers of foreign students coming to study at the university's new management school on lucrative masters' degrees >>continue

29/07/04

  08:57:43, by admin   . Categories: culture traditions, Europe

Unknown Traditions: Tomatoe fights in Malta

Today, the inhabitatants of a village in Malta have descended into a field close to Dahlet Qorrot Bay for a massive tomato fight. For two hours, two teams will hurl huge amounts of ripe tomatoes at each other. This tradition was borrowed from Spain, and the newspaper Malta Today raises the question how ‘right’ is it for traditions to be borrowed. Anthropologist Ranier Fsadni answers. Read more in >>Malta Today

28/07/04

The Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico and Fishing in the Solomon Islands

Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA)

Explore the Chea-villagers' traditional "Kuarao"-fishing in the Solomon Islands - in an interactive presentation based on professor Edvard Hviding and SOTFilm a/s filmproject "Chea's Great Kuarao" (1996).

We also have an interactive presentation of The Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico, based on films made by Frode Storaas. >>continue

27/07/04

  09:04:30, by admin   . Categories: religion cosmology, Asia, books

Book review: Ecstasy, Madness, and Spirit Possession in the Nepal Himalayas

Nepal News

Martino Nicoletti, an Italian anthropologist, explains Kulunge Rai’s practice of shamanism in Nepal in his book "Shamanic Solitudes. Ecstasy, Madness, and Spirit Possession in the Nepal Himalayas". Shamanism is widely practiced among the Tibeto-Burman ethnic groups living in most parts of the mid hills of Nepal. Unlike the world’s two old religions – Buddhism and Hinduism - the Shamanism has its own root and unique rituals.

This is what one can find in detail in the book. Nicoletti has completed the book following his long stay in the region observing the practices side by side with the Kulunge Rai community. >>continue

26/07/04

Visual anthropology: Documenting the economic exodus from Mexico

Monterey County Herald

Men are absent from the streets. It is often several years before they return from their farmworking, gardening or construction jobs across the border. Sometimes they don't return at all, leaving their wives and children to live in shame.

The rural Mexican town of Ayutla is like so many other pueblitos (villages) -- where economic opportunities are so lacking that men leave their families to try their luck in the United States.

The compelling story of Ayutla's economic flight has been put to film -- a work called simply "Ayutla" -- by CSU-Monterey Bay students Annalisa Moore, Jessica Schorer and Jaymee Castillo. The students came across the town while doing ethnographic field research as part of a CSU-Monterey Bay anthropology class last year.

"We wanted to show the human side, the sacrifices people make to be part of the globalized marketplace," said Moore, who is shopping it around various film festivals. >>continue

Riddu Riddu Update: Nunavik rocks Norway

Nunatsiaq News

Nunavik performers had enthusiastic audiences at last week's Riddu Riddu festival in Arctic Norway, where attendance at the circumpolar arts, music and culture bash broke all previous records.

Some Sámi now consider Riddu Riddu to have more political importance than Norway's Sámi Parliament or the Nordic Sámi Council. This year Sámi political leaders, including Sven Roald-Nystø, president of the Norwegian Sámi Parliament, and Ole-Henrik Magga, who heads the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues, were both on hand to underline the festival's importance to the North. >>continue

SEE ALSO:
Riddu Riddu - Indigenous Festival (1) - The Bands

25/07/04

Anthropologist gets paid for hanging out in bars

Fast Company Magazine

Girl walks into a bar. Says to the bartender, "Give me a Diet Coke and a clear sight line to those guys drinking Miller Lite in the corner." No joke. The "girl" is Emma Gilding, corporate ethnographer at Ogilvy & Mather, one of the world's top advertising agencies. Her assignment is to hang out in bars across the country, watching guys knock back beers with their friends.

Since at least the mid-1990s, the advertising industry has been fighting a war on multiple fronts. Some larger firms believe that ethnographic research such as Gilding and Shapira's can help identify consumers' emotional hot buttons, allowing them to craft messages with more resonance.

But ethnographic research is not a panacea. For one thing, it's expensive. The process is time-consuming. Paco Underhill, whose books Why We Buy and Call of the Mall are classics of modern retail ethnography, confesses to a bigger concern: How does this research translate into sales? >>continue

(via Ideas Bazar Blog)

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