During the field school, you will have the opportunity to engage with experienced practitioners undertaking research of their own, and to gain knowledge from their experiences of the islands and further afield. Faculty with specific lines of research are invited to develop a thematic unit. Lessons from these projects can be fully integrated in your own field work. These are no classic classroom sessions with far-away theory, but hands-on training, guided by passionate practitioners.

These projects are truly optional, as field work comes first. This means all participants are free to join any activities within these units, but also that it is not mandatory to take part in any of them. If you are particularly interested in one or more of these units and eager to cooperate with the project leader, please inquire about the dates of the project through this contact form, as not all projects will take place in each session of the summer school. When registered for the right session, contact the project leader to discuss further cooperation. Note that contact should be made at least two to three months before the start of the session, and preferably right after your registration.

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Graphic Anthropology
While anthropologists are looking for new means of representation, the development of graphic novels and reports in both the fields of comics and journalism have helped put drawings back in the spotlight with a move towards new investigative forms of storytelling.

Leading researcher: Maarten Loopmans (KU Leuven)

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Anthropology of Food & Eating
The aim of this collaborative research project is to gain and exchange experiences in anthropological and interdisciplinary research on topics concerning food and food production on Gozo.

Leading researcher: Marjan Moris (KU Leuven - Expeditions)

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Anthropology and the Art of Motorcycle Observation
A collaborative research focus on motorcycle ethnographies, situated on the crossroads of, among others, anthropology of technology, mobility studies, geography of transportation systems and design anthropology.

Leading researcher: Sam Janssen (Expeditions)

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Walking and Knowing: Methods in Sensory Anthropology.
People sense the world in different ways, both because of physical differences in our bodies and cultural variation in how we understand and use our perceptual faculties. How can an anthropologist gain better awareness of how they and others sense the world?

Leading researcher: Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway (Oberlin College)

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Perspectives from the anthropology of aging
Aging is a topical issue all over the world. It is something we are encountered with on a daily basis. This thematic unit encourages you to explore the topic of aging in a broad context.

Leading researcher: Mirjam Bussels (Expeditions)

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Gender and Culture, explorations through fieldwork.
Gender is an inherent part of our life and it concerns every single individual. This unit aims at collectively unpacking the concept of gender and a wide range of gender issues in daily practices.

Leading researcher: Xin Pan (KU Leuven - Expeditions)



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Human-animal Dialogue: Anthropological Explorations
The majority of our planet is non-human, yet the impact of people has transformed Earth, placing us in an era of the Anthropocene. This research project aims at analyzing entanglements among human-animal relationships in a time of environmental concern.

Leading researcher: Jacob Janssen (University of Oregon)


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Stories in the Field, Methods in Creative Ethnographic Journaling.
This collaborative research project explores storytelling, field notes, and self-reflection through creative reimaginings and writing experiments, with an aim to expand our notions of the parameters of productive fieldwork.

Leading researcher: Hannah Howard (Boston University)


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