RESA: Research School for Swedish Anthropology
PhD course open to: PhD students in Anthropology and related disciplines
Course title: Ethnographic Research Methods
Dates: 2 May – 4 June 2017
Location: Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University
Course coordinator/Teaching: Eva-Maria Hardtmann and guest lecturers
ECTS: 7.5 credits

The course is designed so as to be directly relevant to the student’s own PhD project. The individual PhD topic and/or research question will be the point of departure for a minor fieldwork and the course will thereby provide training in implementing ethnographic research methods related to the student’s thesis. A core concept of this course is to ‘follow the field,’ which is meant to prepare the student for the unpredictability of the field, by being open and flexible to unexpected and sometimes even messy situations. Students will gain practical experience with key ethnographic methods such as participant observation, interviewing, and writing field notes. The course combines lectures, a minor fieldwork, workshops and seminars.

Course dates are 2 May (symposium with invited guests); 3 May (preparing for the minor fieldwork); 16-19 May (minor fieldwork “Follow the field” and workshops); 1-2 June (final seminars with presentation of the method reports). The course requires active participation during all course dates. More detailed information about invited guest lecturers, literature, etc., will be provided at the beginning of March.

Application deadline: 24 March, 5 p.m Please submit a summary with a maximum of 150 words about your research project. Include also information about when you plan to carry out fieldwork for your PhD thesis. Send it to:

(Please, send us a notice of interest as soon as possible and you will ease our planning for practical arrangements.)

PhD candidates in Anthropology will be given precedence, but PhD candidates in related disciplines are welcome to apply and will be accepted subject to availability.