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Ethnographic and Scientific Storytelling Interdisciplinary Studies Program Summer 2023 Early July 2-Week - Amsterdam

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Ethnographic and Scientific Storytelling

Ethnographic and Scientific Storytelling Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Primary Subject Area: Anthropology
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45


Storytelling is a creative act, an imaginative performance and a political articulation of lived experiences.

We use the power of stories to share how the differences, pains, pleasures and happiness of others can be narrated. Our scientific storytelling combines creative non-fiction writing, theoretical thinking and ethnographic sensibilities. Therefore, we base our hands-on anthropology on learning-by-doing. Our hands-on anthropology moves beyond disciplinary limits and includes anyone with interests in sociocultural interactions and lived experiences. It makes no difference if you are a student of medicine, arts or social sciences, we believe you can tell stories through skills that you will gain through this course.

It is difficult to argue with the simple principle of ?stories matter? but then the question is how to tell the stories and remain faithful to those who share their stories with scientists and researchers. Students who conduct fieldwork and collect narratives, as well as interviews for their research, are familiarised with the troublesome task of turning the collected data into academically appealing stories.

This course engages with visual anthropology, anthropological thoughts, creative writing and principles of reflexivity to teach students scientific storytelling. It guides students through how to how to tell stories and form scientific inquiry in collaboration with interlocutors, informants and civil society activists.

Students of social sciences, cultural studies, social work, law and business administration with interest in fieldwork, ethnography and interviews will learn how to use their own life experience and background to share their research and stories from the field. The course concentrates on how ethnographers and researchers carry out the process of their creative writing and storytelling.

Join this course if you like to imagine another world is possible. This course is for those with interests in scientific storytelling, conducting interviews and ethnographic fieldwork. The course is especially useful for students who need to learn academic writing and struggle with anthropological methodologies.

At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), credits are awarded based on the ECTS system (2 ECTS credits equals 1 U.S. credit therefore, 6 ECTS credits is equivalent to 3 U.S. credits). Summer courses at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) meet for a minimum of 45 U.S. contact hours and are awarded at 3 U.S. credits.

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