STS.360 Ethnography

As taught in: Spring 2003

Michael Fischer learns to use a Gandhian spinning wheel of self-reliance.

The politics of independence and technological objects: Michael Fischer learns to use a Gandhian spinning wheel of self-reliance. Ahmedabad, Gujurat, India, 1984. (Image courtesy of Susann Wilkinson.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Joseph Dumit

Prof. Michael M.J. Fischer

Course Description

This course is a practicum-style seminar in anthropological methods of ethnographic fieldwork and writing. Depending on student experience in ethnographic reading and practice, the course is a mix of reading anthropological and science studies ethnographies; and formulating and pursuing ethnographic work in local labs, companies, or other sites.