Optional Projects

During the field school, you will have the opportunity to engage with experienced practitioners undertaking research of their own, gaining knowledge from their experiences of the islands and further afield. Lessons from these experiences can be fully integrated in your own field work. These are no dull classroom sessions with far-away theory, but hands on training, guided by active practitioners.

There is no need to sign up for these projects beforehand and they are merely optional. Also, you need to inquire with the project leader about the dates of the project, since not all projects will take place in each session of the summer school.
If you are particularly interested in one of these projects you have to consult with the researchers supervising it by e-mailing them beforehand. This at least 2 to 3 months before the start of the session and preferably right after your registration.

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Human-animal Dialogue: Anthropological Explorations
The majority of our planet is non-human, yet the impact of people has transformed Earth, placing us in an era of the Anthropocene. This research project aims at analyzing entanglements among human-animal relationships in a time of environmental concern.

Leading researcher
Jacob Janssen
jjansen.otbt@gmail.com


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Stories in the Field, Methods in Creative Ethnographic Journaling.
This collaborative research project explores storytelling, field notes, and self-reflection through creative reimaginings and writing experiments, with an aim to expand our notions of the parameters of productive fieldwork.

Leading researcher
Hannah Howard
hghoward@bu.edu


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Gender and Culture, explorations through fieldwork.
Gender is an inherent part of our life and it concerns every single individual. This unit aims at collectively unpacking the concept of gender and a wide range of gender issues in daily practices.

Leading researcher
Xin Pan
xin.pan@xpeditions.be


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Perspectives from the anthropology of aging
Aging is a topical issue all over the world. It is something we are encountered with on a daily basis. This thematic unit encourages you to explore the topic of aging in a broad context.

Leading researcher
Mirjam Bussels
mirjam.bussels@xpeditions.be

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Walking and Knowing: Methods in Sensory Anthropology.
People sense the world in different ways, both because of physical differences in our bodies and cultural variation in how we understand and use our perceptual faculties. How can an anthropologist gain better awareness of how they and others sense the world?

Leading researcher
Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Erika.Hoffmann@oberlin.edu

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Anthropology and the Art of Motorcycle Observation
A collaborative research focus on motorcycle ethnographies, situated on the crossroads of, among others, anthropology of technology, mobility studies, geography of transportation systems and design anthropology.

Leading researcher
Sam Janssen
sam.janssen@xpeditions.be


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Honeybee-culture in Gozo and Malta
The aim of this collaborative research project is to gain and exchange experiences in anthropological and interdisciplinary research on topics concerning beekeeping.

Leading researcher
Sam Janssen
sam.janssen@xpeditions.be
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Oral History in fieldwork
Expeditions shares its knowledge and methods regarding the oral history techniques and how to apply it in ethnographic fieldwork with those who are interested in including oral history techniques or themes in their research project.

Leading researcher
Sam Janssen
sam.janssen@xpeditions.be
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Anthropology of Food & Eating
The aim of this collaborative research project is to gain and exchange experiences in anthropological and interdisciplinary research on topics concerning food and food production on Gozo.

Leading researcher
Marjan Moris
marjan.moris@kuleuven.be
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Graphic Anthropology
While anthropologists are looking for new means of representation, the development of graphic novels and reports in both the fields of comics and journalism have helped put drawings back in the spotlight with a move towards new investigative forms of storytelling.

Leading researcher
Maarten Loopmans (KU Leuven)
maarten.loopmans@kuleuven.be



Here below you will find some examples of projects and workshops done by faculty of the field school in the past.

Drystone Walling - an exploration of vernacular architecture through material culture (November 2018)

GrAFs - a graphic anthropology field school (November 2018)

Smells like Fieldwork - Methods in Sensory Anthropology (2018)

The good old Gozo days - Perspectives from the anthropology of aging 2018)

Honeybee-culture in Gozo and Malta (2018)

Oral History in fieldwork (2018)

Anthropology of Food & Eating (2018)

Graphic Anthropology (2018)

Anthropology of Food (2017)

Graphic Anthropology - Fieldwork, Drawings and Graphic Reports (2017)

Oral History in fieldwork (2017)

Honeybee-culture in Gozo and Malta (2017)

The good old Gozo days - Perspectives from the anthropology of aging (2017)

Smells like Fieldwork - Methods in Sensory Anthropology (2017)

Mediating Ethnography - Examining and Creating Media Practices in Gozo (2017)

Honeybee-Culture in Gozo and Malta (2016)

Graphic Anthropology
Development of graphic skills as an observation technique
(2016)

Mediating Ethnography
Examining and Creating Media Practices in Gozo
(2016)

Migration, Language, and Human Rights (2016)

The use of Lego® as a research method (2016)

Exploring public space through photography
Development of graphic skills as an observation technique
(2015)

An Ethnography of Waste
Understanding the perceptions and manifestations of food waste in Malta
(2015)

Graphic Anthropology
Development of graphic skills as an observation technique.
(2015)

Subculture of Fisherman in Gozo
life style and semantics of a micro culture
(2015)

Make Bread and Take Notes (2015)

The Mgarr Ix-Xini Valley
Pre-Research in the of the Off The Beaten Track field school
(2015)

Honeybee-Culture in Gozo and Malta (2015)

Malta Drywall Story
´┐╝Architectural Anthropology Workshop
(2014)

Traditions of Beekeeping in Gozo (2014)