Cuba Ethnographic Field School

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Cuba Ethnographic Field School 2018: Contrapunteo. This beautiful poster is an adaptation of a painting by the talented Lawrence Zuñiga Batista.

The Cuba Ethnographic Field School will not be held in 2019. 

Please contact Dr. Boudreault-Fournier after August 2019 for information about the next Cuba Field School.

Past - Cuba Ethnographic Field School 2018: Contrapunteo 

University of Victoria in collaboration with CASCA-CUBA, Casa Dranguet and the Universidad de Oriente in Santiago de Cuba. 

Instructor: Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

Credit:  ANTH 393 -1.5 credits and ANTH 395 - 1.5 credits for a total of 3 credits.

Dates: This field school consists of 2 mandatory sections.

  • Pre-field school at the University of Victoria: Both of these weekends, March 3-4 and March 10-11, 2018. 
  • Field school in Cuba, May 13 - June 3, 2018.

Description: The theme of the 2018 Ethnographic Field School in Cuba is “Contrapunteo” in honour of Don Fernando Ortiz, Cuban ethnographer. “Contrapunteo” is also the theme of the Canadian Anthropology Society annual meeting that will take place in Santiago de Cuba from May 16-20, 2018 (CASCA-CUBA; The Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA) is a junior sponsor of the event. This is the first time for the annual general meeting to be held in Cuba.

The 2018 field school is based in Eastern Cuba and combines two courses: Contemporary Cuban Culture (ANTH 393) and Methods in Ethnography (ANTH 395). The ‘Contemporary Cuban Culture’ course will encourage students to work closely with a selection of Cuban scholars participating to CASCA-CUBA. More specifically, in teams, and with the help of the assistant instructor Dr. Eleonora Diamanti, you will produce an audio-visual text (short film and/or podcast) about a topic related to the work of a Cuban scholar participating at CASCA-Cuba. As part of ANTH 395, you will conduct small-scale ethnographic exercises (observation, participant observation and interview) that will provide a concrete experience in conducting ethnographic fieldwork in a different cultural and linguistic context.

IMPORTANT DATES and more information...

The first deposit of $1150.00 is  due by December 14 at 4:00pm in the Department of Anthropology's main office in Cornett B228.  Full balance of payment is due in the Anthropology office by 4pm on February 19, 2018. Please email or call 250-721-7047 if you have a question about payment.

Non-UVic students:  Contact UVIC's registrar for pertinent information. UVIC requires a letter of permission from your home institute and experience has shown that this can be a lengthy process. Students are responsible for arranging the transfer of credits to their home institutions where applicable.