Hands-on anthropology require hands-on teaching. We practice constantly what we teach. Everyday during the summer school our guest lecturers present their long time projects and explain the stories that they have narrated during their academic trajectories. Then, the students under supervision of the course instructor analyze and critically reflect on those stories. They learn how what are the forms of storytelling and how stories become scientifically valid through group work and P2P conversations.
After three guest lectures, the students experiment with sensory ethnography. They listen to music and try to imagine stories for the selected music. They learn to articulate the unfamiliar sound through speculative theory and fictions.
Finally, the students are taken to an excursion. Sometimes they attend festivals and conduct ethnography of the cultural festivals or sometimes they end up in an antique shop and then they write stories of unfamiliar objects.
Hands-on anthropology teaches through experimentation with sensory observation of materials, materiality and sound. During 14 days summer school hands-on anthropology takes students’ hands and persuades them to come out of their skin and see, feel and sense differently. Hands-on anthropology is a crush course on participant-observation, photo-elicitation, sensory-ethnography and creative non-fiction writing.
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