Interdisciplinary Ethnography Field School in Mauritius

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Offered through Aarhus University’s Summer University program, this course provides training in interdisciplinary ethnography, using the field as a social laboratory. Anchored in immersive participant observation, students are introduced to an interdisciplinary approach to ethnography which blurs the boundaries between traditional dichotomies like qualitative/quantitative, sciences/humanities, and field/lab. The course also examines key methodological, epistemological, and ethical issues pertaining to the study of culture and working with human subjects. Furthermore, involves a series of field trips and lectures on Mauritius, its diverse culture, and its fascinating history. During the summer school, students have the opportunity to live with local families, which provides a unique chance to experience authentic Mauritian culture.

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The course takes place in Mauritius, a small tropical island nation in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius lies between places and traditions. Geographically, it belongs to Africa, although it is located 1500 miles from the continent. Historically, it has been colonized by the Dutch, French, and British, all of whom have left their marks on the local culture. And demographically, it is one of the most diverse societies in the world. Its inhabitants draw their ancestries from various places in Asia, Africa, and Europe; they speak a great variety of languages, including French, English, and the Mauritian Creole; and they practice a multitude of religions, among which most prominent are Hinduism, Catholicism, and Islam. Such diversity makes Mauritius an ideal “social laboratory”.

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In this course, students acquire skills pertaining to:
–Designing, conducting, and reporting a field study
–Key methodological and epistemological issues pertaining to the relation between ethnographic and experimental work
–Ethical issues in working with human subjects
–A basic knowledge of Mauritian culture and history

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