Field School Impressions

Environment and Care in Galati (Romania)

Under the supervision of Tatjana Thelen and Stefan Dorondel, seven MA students spend three weeks in Galați, a city on the banks of the lower Danube in Romania. Drawing on current anthropological debates on care and more-than-human ethnography, the course participants developed research projects in advance. In the field, they learn and apply ethnographic methods to gain a deeper understanding of the social realities encountered and of ethnographic practice in general.

  • field stay: 07.-27.05.2024

Urban Elements

After some weeks of intensive readings and methodological preparations, 16 Master students set out to Madrid under the supervision of Janina Kehr and Mafe Olarte Sierra to practice ethnographic skills on the topic of Urban Elements between April 27 and June 17th 2024. Following one of five elements in the city (water, air, fire, earth and love), students were asked to find a graspable research topic, where questions of urban habitability and living together are at stake. While the pursuit of own research projects is the focus of the fieldcourse, we also enjoy meeting local scholars to get insights into the diverse landscape of anthropological and urban related research in Spain.

  • field stay: 28.04.-18.05.2024

New Ways of Ethnographic Collecting and Exhibiting

After a prepatory seminar in the winter term 2022/23, the actual field school seminar takes place in summer term 2023 and deals with the conception, planning and implementation of an exhibition. Under the supervision of Sanda Üllen and Igor Eberhard 20 students are involved from brainstorming to financing, writing texts, selecting the objects to be exhibited, designing the exhibition to its opening and long-term archiving of the results.

The students decide to curate the exhibition under the title "Lost in Gender".  The presentation of objects of the department's collection as well as recent photographs and everyday-objects serves as a critical examination of the gender binary. Topics include the colonialist imposition of bisexuality on non-European cultures as well as current queer realities.

Naturwahrnehmung um den Nationalpark Neusiedler See - Seewinkel

In two field stays (March and June), 5 MA studetns under the supervision of Franz Graf and Gertraud Seiser spend three weeks in and around the national park Neusiedler See – Seewinkel.

During the first stay, the focus is on getting to know the region, its institutions and intensive discussions with experts. Between the field visits, the students develope small projects cooperatively but independently of each other, focusing on the perception of nature by different groups of actors. For this purpose, the empirical surveys are carried out during the second field stay.

  • field stay 1: 26.03.-02.04.2023
  • field stay 2: 29.05.-12.06.2023

Field School in Indonesia: Civil Society Organisations in Java

In summer term 2023, 8 MA-students under the supervision of Gabriele Weichart spend three weeks in Java, Indonesia.

Together with students from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, they will work in different areas to explore the structures and work of different NGOs.

Waterworlds Philippines - Austria

In January 2023, 6 students under the supervision of Bernhard Hadolt spend almost a month in the Philippines. The research focus is on social phenomena, practices and meanings of drinking and domestic water as manifested in the Philippines and Austria from a comparative perspective.

Lea Nobel offers us insight into her individual research project.

  • field stay: 03.-31.01.2023