Short Courses on Research Methods in Anthropology – Deadline Extended!

Every summer a group of top-notch anthropologists assembles at the Duke University Marine Laboraties in Beaufort, North Carolina to teach the world how to do cultural anthropology. These methods courses are fully funded by the National Science Foundation (participants need only pay their own transportation) and provide training opportunities for graduate students and faculty.

Deadlines for applications have been extended to this Friday, February 17th, more information can be found at the QualQuant website. The application is available here.

There are three programs this summer:

The Summer Institute on Research Design provides PhD students an intensive three-week course in research design for students preparing their doctoral proposals. It is directed by Jeffrey Johnson of East Carolina University, with Susan Weller and H. Russell Bernard as co-directors.

The Summer Institute on Museum Anthropology is an intensive, four-week course for graduate students in anthropology and related fields who are interested in research methods for the study of museum collections.

Finally, there are the Short Courses in Research Methods, 5-day, intensive training opportunities for faculty members who already hold a PhD in anthropology. These summer there are three great options:

Behavioral Observation in Ethnographic Research (July 16-20, 2012)
Raymond Hames and Michael Paolisso

This five-day course focuses on methods for observing behavior in a field setting to answer questions of anthropological interest, like: time allocation and division of family labor and child labor; locational analysis (where people spend their time and what they do); what students and teachers do an elementary school classroom; energy expenditure and ecology; food and labor exchange; social groups and patterns of association (sex, age, family, kinship, mates); what people talk about during social interactions; and the nature of doctor-patient interaction.

Methods covered include systematic spot or instantaneous sampling of behavior, continuous monitoring of behavior, and computer-assisted approaches to collecting behavioral data in the field, in addition to survey methods, like recall methods, like time diaries. Finally, participants design a behavioral research project they anticipate investigating in the future, using one or a combination of the approaches presented in the course.

Social Network Analysis (July 23-27, 2012)
Jeffrey Johnson and Christopher McCarty

This five-day course focuses on the methods for collecting and analyzing social network data. The first part of the course provides an overview of social network analysis, including fundamental concepts such as cohesion, bridging, directed versus undirected ties, strength of tie, structural holes, one mode and two mode data. You will learn about specific types of social network metrics that are used to describe these concepts and test them against outcome measures that may interest you. You will also learn about social network visualization, which is a way to combine both the composition and structure of the network so that you can quickly identify patterns that are more difficult to find using metrics alone.

The remainder of the course will focus on hands-on data collection and analysis using social network tools. These include Ucinet for whole network analysis and Egonet for personal network analysis. You will learn how to construct a social network questionnaire and how to identify methods for collecting whole network data from existing data (such as e-mail, citations or just plain observation). During the course you will collect data from each other for both whole networks and your own personal networks. These will be analyzed in class so that you will better understand the benefit of these methods and measures.

Analyzing Video Data (July 30-August 3, 2012)
Elizabeth Cartwright and Jerome Crowder

This five-day course prepares participants to collect and analyze anthropological data gathered through video recording. In the first two days, participants learn to use high quality video and audio recording equipment and the basics of video interviewing, including location of audio and lighting, camera handling, and scene composition. Working in small groups, participants generate video footage that they use in the rest of the course to learn coding and analysis.

Participants learn to tag and code images and how to partition their footage into meaningful sequences that can be coded and analyzed for audio and visual content. Naturally occurring speech in the footage can be analyzed thematically, as can movements, interactions, facial expressions, and other observable events. Still images from video allow researchers to measure and more accurately observe subtleties in body language and facial expressions that may not be detected during full-speed play back. Participants learn how to produce still images from video footage and how to use those stills to understand proxemics and as a means for eliciting informants’ descriptions and interpretations of a scene.

QualQuant also details new distance-learning courses in geospatial analysis and text analysis offered this summer. There is also the Summer Field Training in Methods of Data Collection in Bolivia, application due tomorrow.

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