Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018 Anthropology Methods Summer Workshop Recruitment!

2018 Anthropology Methods Summer Workshop

Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


The Anthropology Methods Summer Workshop will teach students about research design and train them in qualitative and ethnographic research methods. The students will develop their own research proposals, with the opportunity to receive critical comments from teachers. They will also benefit from peer learning, and will experience the advanced pedagogical techniques used at CUHK. This training and experience will broaden students’ horizons, helping them in their future studies.


The Workshop will be held from Friday 15 to Tuesday 19 June 2018, including morning and afternoon class sessions, and two half-day field trips as practicum for the topics covered in the Workshop. The Dragon Boat Festival will serve as a setting for a practical exercise in developing observational, note-taking, and interviewing skills.

Target Students

Students majoring or minoring in Anthropology, Ethnology or related disciplines (e.g. Sociology, Cultural Studies, Social History, Religion, etc.) intending to pursue postgraduate degrees will be eligible for the Workshop. Priority will be given to senior undergraduates and MA/MPhil students, as they will soon be applying to PhD programmes. All students will be expected to be able to function at a high level in English since that will be the primary language of the Workshop.

Seminar Topics:

  • Research Design: How to Frame a Proposal for Ethnographic Research
  • Research Ethics in Anthropology
  • The Literature Review
  • The Statement of Goals and Significance
  • Interviewing Skills
  • When and How to Use Questionnaires
  • Participant Observation and Rapport
  • Keeping and Retrieving Field Notes
  • Direct and Unobtrusive Observation
  • Using and Analyzing Visual Media
  • Text Analysis and Identifying Themes
  • Ethnographic Writing


Dr. Joseph Bosco, who has taught the postgraduate methods seminar for 24 years, and was Graduate Division Head for 19 years in the Department of Anthropology, CUHK, will lead the workshop. He will attend all sessions with the students; some current teachers from the Department and advanced PhD students in the Anthropology Department will participate in the Workshop to discuss their fieldwork experiences and answer questions, giving participants a practical and deeper understanding of fieldwork.

Costs and Expenses

The Workshop is free. Free on-campus accommodation and a modest meal allowance will be provided. Students are expected to cover the cost of transportation to Hong Kong and to the CUHK campus. Please consult your local authorities for visa procedure and fees.


Application deadline: Saturday 21 April, 2018 (Successful candidates will be notified by Friday 4 May, 2018)

Application procedure:
Please fill in the online application form and upload supporting documents, including:
1) Official transcripts (mandatory)
2)Two letters of recommendation (mandatory)
3)Two short essays (under 800 words in total) in English, with the prompts “I want to pursue postgraduate studies in anthropology because…” and “The research topic I am most interested in is….” (mandatory)
4)TOEFL or IELTS scores, or any other evidence of English ability (optional)

If you cannot access the online form, you can send your name, institution and contact email as well as the supporting documents to by the same deadline, titled “2018 Anthropology Methods Summer Workshop Application”.




暑期人類學方法工作坊面向人類學、民族學或其他相關學科(如社會學、文化研究、歷史學、宗教學等)、有志於攻讀碩士或博士學位的學生。該工作坊由香港中文大學人類學系前研究生主任Prof. Joseph Bosco指導,教授定性及民族誌研究方法,幫助學生制定自己的研究計劃。人類學系的其他教師及博士生亦會分享田野調查中的親身經驗。工作坊將主要以英語進行,主題包括:


1. 工作坊不收取學費,提供免費校內住宿和少量膳食津貼。學生需要承擔交通費用,並自行處理來港出入境事宜。
2. 申請截止日期為2018421日,錄取者將在201854日前收到通知。
3. 申請程序:

如無法填寫網上表格,在截止日期前將姓名、所在學系和聯繫電子郵件連同申請文件發送至,標題為“2018 Anthropology Methods Summer Workshop Application”.


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