Ethnographic field school opportunities in Mexico

Ethnographic field school opportunities in Mexico

Mexico/Oaxaca- Pacific Rim Field School, June 14- July 11, 2020.

The role of the Pacific Ocean is taking on increasing importance in Pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Contemporary studies of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. This interdisciplinary research project and field school focuses on a key region within this vast system— the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca and its adjacent Pacific Coast— one of the most ethnically complex and biologically diverse regions in the world. By traveling from bustling Oaxaca City through the valleys, mountains, and down to the Pacific Coast, students will be introduced to a dynamic arena where long-term colonial interests were negotiated between Indigenous and European powers such as the Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Aztecs, Pochutecs, Chontal, Huaves, Spanish and, even English, Dutch, and French Pirates! Students will conduct interactive exercises in off-the-beaten track sites and museums, learn to decipher and employ Indigenous pictorial documents and European maps, experience urban and rural lifestyles in various geographical zones, actively participate in local festivities and ancient rituals, and participate in language documentation and revitalization efforts. By contributing to research on these ongoing colonial processes, students will gain a better understanding of Mexico’s direct impact on contemporary debates.

Credit units and scholarships are available. To Learn more, https://ifrglobal.org/program/mexico-pacific-rim/

 

Mexico/Xalapa- Sound and the City Field School, June 21-July 18, 2020

Explore Mexico through its musical life! The diverse urban soundscape of the city of Xalapa is shaped by waves of folk music (son Jarocho and Huasteco), classical and jazz. This project and field school tackles migration, Indigeneity, ethnic diversity, and social inequality by exploring the politics of participation and activism in these musical collectivities. By mapping sound in the urban environment, conducting ethnographic research, playing music, and visiting instrument makers, this program will examine how these collectivities are formed and the types of social dynamics that are generated. The unique characteristics of the music scene in downtown Xalapa and its geographical location on the Sierra Madre Oriental, make this an exceptional place for students to experience first-hand ethnographic research methods, multidisciplinary scholarship, and actively participate in music performances of son Huasteco, son Jarocho, classical music, and jazz.

Credit units and scholarships are available. To Learn more, https://ifrglobal.org/program/mexico-sound-and-the-city/