Research in the field
Anthropology has a long and rich tradition of conducting research in "the field". You'll find our students digging at archaeological sites, observing primates in the rainforest, or conducting cross-cultural health research in downtown Victoria.
A field school consists of one or more courses which are taught in "the field", during which students can learn important practical lessons of anthropological fieldwork as well as contribute to original research findings.
This prepares students for subsequent courses they may take, and offers valuable, practical skills for finding employment in anthropological settings. While no-one really knows if you want to be an archaeologist, say, until you have spent a week face-down in a wet pit, the hands-on experience of a field school allows students to more fully appreciate the practical side of research and data analysis.
2014 Cuba Ethnographic Field School - May 2014
Based in Eastern Cuba during May 2014, Professor Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier of Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria and will lead you off the beaten track. In this summer school you will discover unique cultural practices and social dynamics that characterize the biggest island of the Caribbean. Cuba changes fast; it’s now the time to explore the only socialist country in the Americas! You will be impressed by Cuba’s rhythms, beliefs and cultural patterns not to mention its extremely rich historical and social background. The 2014 field school combines two courses for a total of 3 units: Contemporary Cuban Culture (ANTH 393 A01) and Field Methods in Ethnography (ANTH 395 A01). The course ‘Contemporary Cuban Culture’ will develop the following themes from an anthropological perspective: the rhythms of Afro-Cuban religion and culture, contemporary music, the Indigenous presence and history on the island, and Cubans’ creativity in solving everyday life problems. In adopting an ethnographic approach (ANTH 395 A01), you will develop a concrete research project in teamwork with your colleagues and the accompanying course instructor.
Course Instructor: Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier (email@example.com), visual and cultural anthropologist working in Cuba since the year 2000. An INFORMATION SESSION will be held on November 4, 6:30-7:30pm in Cornett A319.
Application form here... due Monday November 18, 2013
Start brushing up on your spanish now...and prepare yourself for an unrepeatable learning experience.
2014 Drimolen, South Africa Archaeology Field School - June 2-23, 2014
Based in South Africa at the site of Drimolen. The site was discovered in 1992 near Swartkrans and Sterkfontein in the Cradle of Humankind, 40 km outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is one of the richest fossil hominin sites in southern Africa, having produced over 100 hominin fossils representing Paranthropus robustus and early Homo. The Drimolen fossil site is unique in that has produced some of the youngest infant hominin fossils ever discovered in Africa. The site dates to approximately 1.5 million years ago and is incredibly rich in primate fossils. Fossil hominins have been recovered during most field seasons.
Students will receive credit for ANTH 343 A01: Archaeological Field Techniques, taught by Dr. Colin Mentor and ANTH 344 A01: Regional Topics in Archaeology: South Africa taught by Dr. Helen Kurki, for a total of 3.0 credits. This is the equivalent of 6 credit hours in the US system. Syllabi for these courses will be available for download from our website in January 2014. Under the direction of Dr. Colin Menter, students registered for these courses will excavate at the site, receive training in excavation, surveying/mapping, recording and laboratory techniques. They will also visit important human origins sites. More information here.
Applications here: (download the pdf to fill in). Deadline is February 7, 2014
Notification will be on February 14, 2014
Non-refundable deposit $2775.00 CND is due by March 17rd, 2014
Balance of $925.00 is due by April 15, 2014
Cost is $3700.00 CND. This is in addition to your University of Victoria registration and tution fees and your return airfare.
2014 Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - Archaeology Field School- May 1st - June 27th
This year's field school in The Salish Sea, Gulf Islands of British Columbia will be held between May-June. Located on Prevost Island with travel to other Gulf Island sites, the field school will be partnered with Parks Canada and local First Nations. Courses taught within the field school are Anthropology 343 and Anthropology 344. Instructor will be Eric McLay, PhD Student UVIC. More information here.