2019 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 14 to Tuesday 18 June 2019, including morning and afternoon class sessions, and one half-day field trip as practicum for the topics covered in the Workshop, including exercises in developing observational, note-taking, and interviewing skills.
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.
• 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 will be free, contingent on receiving funding. We plan to provide free on-campus accommodation and a modest meal allowance. 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: Monday 8 April, 2019 (Successful candidates will be notified by Thursday 18 April, 2019)
Please fill in the online application form and upload supporting documents, including:
1) Official undergraduate and postgraduate (if applicable) transcripts
2) Two letters of recommendation
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….”
4) TOEFL or IELTS scores (preferred), or other evidence of English ability
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。該工作坊將有香港中文大學人類學系前研究生主任Prof. Joseph Bosco參與，討論定性及民族誌研究方法，幫助學生制定自己的研究計劃，亦包括半天的實地田野考察。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：