Anthropology | Field Sem in Cultural Documentation
E600 | 23308 | Stafford
Meets with Folk F404/F804. Students in this service-learning course
will be introduced to basic tools of cultural documentation utilized
by applied folklorists, anthropologists and others. They will explore,
document, and seek to understand the cultural expressions of residents
of Crestmont on Bloomington’s west side, with the goal of helping to
define social action projects that improve the quality of life across
the lifespan of residents.
The 2007 class extends the on-going work (from 2004) of the
instructors with Crestmont residents, especially members of the
neighborhood Boys and Girls Club and the Crestmont Residents’ Council.
Primary texts for the course will include Luke E. Lassiter’s Chicago
Field Guide to Ellaborative Ethnography and The Other Side of
Through a variety of activities (including a community art project),
students will learn about and practice photo/video documentation,
interviewing, participant-observation, fieldnotes, transcription,
archiving, and analysis. All students will sign up for weekly
volunteer shifts at the Boys and Girls Club in Crestmont or in
connection with their focus area. Weekly fieldnotes will be required.
The class will culminate in formal presentations to community groups,
reflection, and recommendations for subsequent action. The class will
require initiative, imagination, careful scheduling, and dedication.