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Ethnography in the Performing Arts

Subject code


Course Number




G. Fatone

Course Long Title

Ethnography in the Performing Arts


This course focuses on ethnographic research methods in the performing arts, emphasizing the reflexive fieldwork experience. Students design and undertake an innovative research project reflecting a critical understanding of current philosophical underpinnings, ethical considerations, and research approaches within qualitative performing arts scholarship. Developing a feasible research problem and forging logical relationships between project design components are emphasized. Reflexivity, critical thinking, and intensive attention to writing are core elements of the course. Students are assessed on class participation, a series of short assignments, and a fieldwork-based (broadly defined) project on a topic of individual interest culminating in a shared multimedia document. Only open to juniors and seniors. Prerequisite(s): course work in anthropology, dance, music, performance art, or theater.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit


Class Restriction

Exclude First Years, Exclude Sophomores