Ohio Field School Information Session

November 2, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
447 Denney Hall
Block O

Join us for an information session about the spring 2018 Ohio Field School course! During the first half of the session, you will get an overview of the course and logistics, and during the second half of the session you'll be able to ask questions.

The Ohio Field Schools Course: CS5189-S (offered in spring semester): provides an introduction to ethnographic field methods (participant-observation, writing field notes, photographic documentation, audio-interviewing), archiving, and the public exhibition of research for both undergraduates and graduate students. Students will contribute to a team-based, immersive research project designed to document the ways that diverse communities express and preserve a sense of place in the face of economic, environmental and cultural change. The semester-long, experientially-based course will consist of three parts:

  • Introduction to fieldwork (on OSU campus in Columbus)
  • A one-week field experience in Scioto County during spring break (where students will reside together on-site)
  • Accessioning, digital gallery preparation, and reflection (on OSU campus in Columbus)

This course will be especially interesting for students who want to learn ethnographic and archival methods (such as getting familiar with a new field site, developing a coding system for your materials, preparing interview questions, conducting an interview, writing fieldnotes, documenting the local landscape, synthesizing diverse and sometimes conflicting information, etc.) and refine those methods while working closely with community partners on a specific service-learning project. During the spring break trip in Scioto County, students will have the option to assist a poet as he restores his letter press, work with the ODNR on a garlic mustard pull, host a body-positive photo shoot, or document children's folklore with a community center. Those accepted into the course will work in teams to assist the community partner with the project, documenting the process along the way. At the end of the course, students will create a digital exhibit using their collected photographs, interviews, and fieldnotes. The exhibit will be featured on the Center for Folklore Studies website as well as through a public presentation and exhibit in Scioto County.

Thus, throughout the semester, students will practice all of the skills necessary to construct a permanent record of local expressive culture that will be accessible to future researchers and community members. Participation in all parts of the course is required.

If students have questions about this course, please direct them to Cassie Patterson at patterson.493@osu.edu

For more information, please visit the original event page.

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