Anthropology | Field Sem Cultural Documentation
E600 | 0404 | Stafford

Students in this service-learning course will be introduced to basic
tools of cultural documentation utilized by folklorists,
anthropologists and others to explore, record, and promote
understanding with and through the cultural expressions of area

Who will take this course?
"       Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students with an
interest in ethnographic approaches to research (anthropology,
folklore, education, nursing, history, sociology, geography, others).
"       Students in the arts and humanities with interest in public
art and public involvement in the humanities (fine arts,
ethnomusicology, fashion design, interior design, parks and
recreation, adult education, etc.)
"       Students in the social sciences with interest in citizen
participation, civic engagement and community change and grass roots
activism (political science, law, journalism, humanics, non-profit
administration, environmental affairs, independent majors, etc.)
"       Non-degree continuing education students who reside in the

Primary Required Readings

Bauman, Richard (1986) Story, Performance, and Event: Contextual
Studies of Oral Narrative. Cambridge.

Georges, Robert A. and Jones, Michael O., (1980) People Studying
People: The Human Element in Fieldwork. University of California

Berry, Wendell (2001). Jayber Crow: The Life Story of Jayber Crow,
Barber, of the Port William Membership, as Written by Himself. Basic

Class structure
A weekly Monday evening field seminar (2 hours) will combine didactic
presentations on various aspects of cultural documentation, ranging
from culture theory to field techniques. The latter half of the
semester will provide opportunities for peer supervision of service-
learning projects.

An evening public lecture/discussion series "From the Museum of the
Person" (or some other pertinent title). Students will be expected to
attend the series and engage in post-talk class discussions as

Service-Learning Projects

In teams of 1-5, students will take on specific cultural documentation
projects in the local community, both to practice specific
documentation skills such as interviewing, photography, observation,
etc., and to create products with local residents that contribute to
understanding of place and experience and foster positive social
change. Projects will be featured in the Community Lecture Series at
the close of the semester. Emphasis will be placed on specific
Bloomington neighborhoods in the first few years of this project.


Students will be expected to create an evaluation plan for their
respective service-learning projects and seek feedback on their plans
from co-workers. Planning shall engage students in an identification
of project theoretical assumptions, resources needed, proposed
activities, timelines, outcomes and products, and modes of evaluation.