Folklore | Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology
F523 | 24800 | Tuohy

This class introduces students to fieldwork through reading,
conversation, imagination, and practice.  It is designed with an
optimistic attitude of integrating the best of ethnographic history,
theory, and practice. The class will consist of lecture and
discussion (primarily the latter); we also will hold approximately
two workshops outside of class (TBA; on topics such as the basics of
preparing funding proposals and on using various technologies in
fieldwork).  Our texts include readings on "metatheory", intellectual
history and practical guidebooks from ethnomusicology, anthropology
and folklore; newer orientations which question the most fundamental
aspects of fieldwork as it has been conceived and practiced; and
selections from musical ethnographies.  Apart from articles available
on e-reserve, textbooks include (tentatively): Ruth Finnegan, Oral
Traditions and the Verbal Arts: A Guide to Research Practices (1992)
and John Van Maanen, Tales of the Field (1988).  Written
and "practice" assignments provide practical fieldwork and writing
experience.  Short written assignments are geared to course readings
and to stages/components of an individualized field project.  Final
papers will be based on fieldwork; students will do in-class
presentations on their results. To facilitate collegial work, several
assignments will involve working with other class members to plan
research and improve written work (collaborative field projects are
permitted but not required).