THEA 215
Performance Ethnography: Global Approaches to Dance Fall 2017
Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed GBST 215 / AMST 214 / DANC 214 / THEA 215
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The course aims to explore the theory, practice, and ethics of ethnographic research with a focus on dance and performance ethnography. Traditionally considered to be a method of research in anthropology, ethnography is the descriptive and analytical study of a particular community through fieldwork, where the researcher immerses herself in the culture of the people that she researches. In this course students will be introduced to (i) critical theory that grounds ethnography as a research methodology, (ii) will read ethnographic studies of dance and performance practices from different parts of the world, and (iii) will do field research in the local community for their own ethnographic projects. This is primarily a discussion-based seminar course and will include fieldwork, attendance at live performances, film screenings, workshop with guest artists etc. No previous dance experience required.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 2013
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, reading responses, fieldwork and field notes, short papers, and final essay
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under DANC or THEA; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under GBST or AMST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 215 Division II AMST 214 Division II DANC 214 Division I THEA 215 Division I

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