Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School

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The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School (I.F.S.) is dedicated to the professionalization of ethnographic research and the training of students on how to conduct ethical, meaningful and professional research. The mission is to train ethnographers that we are confident in and that we know can get the job done. Be it future graduate school research or projects for employers. Trained ethnographers can tackle a research project from beginning to end with confidence, experience, and know-how.

Students will participate in formal lectures, informal presentations, service learning, government meetings and briefings, and ethnographic research that serves to assist the people of Isla Mujeres either through applied anthropological techniques or through creating a more full ethnographic record that illuminates the island's past, present, and possible future. Students will be immersed in the culture of the island and will conduct collaborative research with its residents. Students will learn the value of teamwork by helping each other on projects, talking through field research problems and supporting each other in their professional development.

The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School specializes in community-based projects and trains students on how to conduct ethnographic research. Located on a small Mexican Caribbean island, much of the student research is focused on community needs per their request. The program also encourages students to have their research align with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. This allows for the students to not only consider their research within the context of theory and previous research or how it can impact the local community, but also how it can be of service in a much larger global effort and context. 

The deadline for applications is November 15th. Undergrads to Post-Docs are welcomed to attend. More information can be found here.


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  • Created By: Kayleigh Haskin
  • Created: 09/26/2019
  • Modified By: Kayleigh Haskin
  • Modified: 09/26/2019


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