Field Training School and Research Seminar URBAN RESEARCH: THEORY AND METHODS

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Field Training School and Research Seminar


Montecatini Terme, Italy, 21-27 July 2023

This 7-day Field Training School (21-27 July) is aimed at postgraduate students and postdoctoral scholars who are interested in research in urban settings and in empirically-grounded analysis. The primary aim is to train students in the ‘art’ of conducting ethnographic fieldwork and develop the link between ethnographically-based analysis and social theory.

The School is organised and hosted by the International Urban Symposium-IUS in collaboration with an international group of senior scholars from leading universities. It will address key issues; including, legitimacy and legitimation; governance, stereotype and stigma; informality; urban diversity; crisis, emergency and conflict; sport mega-events; rituals; vernacular landscape, heritage.

The School offers an interactive learning environment and opportunities to discuss the rationale and practices of traditional and new research methods and mainstream debates.

The School will include:

– Thirteen 80-minute Teaching Seminars led by senior scholars.

– Targeted observational field trips will supplement the in-class work. Students will report on the field trip.

– Student research seminars – Students who are engaged in research will have the opportunity to present their work and benefit from expert feedback from the teaching staff.

It is anticipated that expanded and revised versions of select Seminar papers will be published in outlets associated with the IUS, including the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Urbanities-Journal of Urban Ethnography.

Teaching will be in English. Social events will also take place taking advantage of the centrality of the location within easy reach of Tuscany’s world-renowned iconic places.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until Monday 20th March 2023.

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