Folklore | Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology
F523 | 7675 | S. Tuohy
Above class meets at 501 N. Park.
This class introduces students to fieldwork and ethnographic
research through reading, conversation, imagination, and practice.
It is designed with an optimistic attitude of integrating the best
of ethnographic history, theory, and practice. Our texts include
readings on "metatheory", intellectual history and practical
guidebooks from a range of disciplines, including ethnomusicology,
anthropology and folklore; newer orientations which question the
most fundamental aspects of ethnographic research as it has been
conceived and practiced; and selections from musical ethnographies.
The class will consist of lecture and discussion (primarily the
latter). A fieldwork project, 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
The course is required for graduate students in the Ethnomusicology
track of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology but is open
to graduate students in other fields who wish to learn more about
ethnographic theories and practices; our emphasis will be
on “qualitative” research. This section of F523 fulfills one of
the "core course requirements" for Ph.D. minors in the
Ethnomusicology Program and for Music School cognates.