Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

8th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods

January 23rd, 2016
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location
100A Jones Hall
Greenleaf Conference Room

8th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided
Not for Credit

How will you get the data you need for your thesis or dissertation? Do you envision immersing yourself for months in the local culture? Or tromping the hills and farms seeking respondents? Sorting through dusty archives in a ministry archive? Observing musicians at work in the plaza? Downloading and crunching numbers on a computer? For any of these approaches: How do you get there, from here? This workshop aims to help you approach your data collection and analysis for your thesis or dissertation topic, adapt and refine your topic to be more feasible. You will take your research project ideas to the next step‘€“whatever that may be, including raising travel grants. The workshop should help you:
  • plan more efficient, feasible, and rewarding fieldwork
  • prepare more compelling and persuasive grant proposals
  • navigate choices of research methods and course offerings on campus
  • become a better research and fieldwork team-member

Format
This is an engaged, hands-on, informal workshop. All students will actively share ideas and participate. We will brainstorm alternatives, compare research approaches, ask tough questions, and share advice. You will be encouraged to think differently about your topic, questions, study sites, and locations as well as language preparation, budgets, and other logistics. The participatory format is intended to inspire you with new thinking, strategies, and practical advice. You will build student networks to continue learning about ‘€“and conducting — field research. The workshop is lead by Laura Murphy, PhD, faculty in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, and affiliate faculty in the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Who is this for?
The workshop is targeted to Stone Center graduate students , and graduate students from other programs (GCHB, CCC, IDEV and others) are welcome, if space is available. The workshop will be particularly helpful for those who envision research with ‘€œhuman subjects‘€ (live people!).

Sign Up
Sign up by January 19 to confirm a spot. To register, send an email to Laura Murphy at lmurphy2@tulane.edu with the following details: Your name, Department, Degree program, Year at Tulane, Prior practical experience in research; Prior academic training in research design and/or research methods. Important! Include a paragraph statement of your research interests and needs (i.e., summer field research).

For more information: Contact Laura Murphy or Jimmy Huck (jhuck@tulane.edu)

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The Materiality of Insurgency in the Colonial Andes

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The Stone Center recently agreed to co-sponsor Dr. Ananda Cohen-Aponte’s upcoming talk, “The Materiality of Insurgency in the Colonial Andres” which is scheduled for Thursday, October 29 at 5:00 PM via Zoom. The talk is part of the year-long “Representation and Resistance: Scholarship Centering Race in Western Art” lecture series organized by the Newcomb Art Department and co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and is also the 2020 Terry K. Simmons Lecture in Art History for this year.

Details can also be found here on the lecture series website:
https://liberalarts.tulane.edu/departments/newcomb-art/representation-and-resistance-scholarship-centering-race-western-art

Film discussion: "O Pai, O" - Carnaval and the intersectionality of oppressions in Salvador/Bahia

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Language: introduction in Portuguese Questions and comments welcome in Portuguese, English, or Spanish

Facilitators: Sílvia Lorenso, Associate Professor and Director, Middlebury School in Brazil Guimário Nascimento, History Teacher, Colégio Nossa Senhora Soledad, Salvador Tatiane Cerqueira, Mestre and PhD student at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, UFSC

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*Warning: Some scenes in the film contain graphic violence and sex.

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"The Past is a Foreign Country" and "Landscape Fever" Premiere at New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS) and The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI) at Tulane University will again sponsor several films in this year’s New Orleans Film Festival. We are excited to support a diverse mix of films, including several narrative features, documentaries, and experimental shorts. In addition, CCSI director Dr. Ana López will lead a series of Q&A’s with select directors.

“The Past is a Foreign Country” and “Landscape Fever” are Spanish-language short films directed by Gabrielle Garcia Steib, sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Via New Orleans Film Festival website:

The Past is a Foreign Country addresses the past as an idea of which we have control, particularly to discuss the intersection of communities in New Orleans with those in Latin America”.

Landscape Fever is a short film that addresses the narrative of a Honduran immigrant corroded by violence upon her path migrating to New Orleans. Using archival footage filmed along the U.S. / Mexican border, and sound designed by Udit Duseja merged with field recordings- the viewer may step into the world of a traumatic yet common experience that occurs among the borderlands.”

Individual passes are not available for short films. However, the NOFF offers a “Virtual Shorts Pass” for $55.00 that allows access to all short films. This pass can be purchased here

"Landfall" Premiere at New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS) and The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI) at Tulane University will again sponsor several films in this year’s New Orleans Film Festival. We are excited to support a diverse mix of films, including several narrative features, documentaries, and experimental shorts. In addition, CCSI director Dr. Ana López will lead a series of Q&A’s with select directors.

Landfall, is an English-language Puerto Rican documentary film, directed by Cecilia Aldarondo.

Via New Orleans Film Festival website:
“A kaleidoscopic portrait of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane María, Landfall investigates a storm of much greater magnitude: the economic crisis crippling the island long before María arrived.”

Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is sponsoring this film. More information and tickets are available here

Cuban Slavery and the Atlantic World

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The Gilder Lehrman Center‘€™s 22nd Annual International Conference provides a forum for discussion of the study of Cuban slavery and emancipation today, placing the island‘€™s history within the wider Atlantic world. Over the past few decades, the study of Cuban history has been an increasingly international effort. Cuban historians have interacted more and more with colleagues from abroad, with discussions grounded in the unique primary sources found in the rich Cuban archives. These scholars have demonstrated the importance of understanding Cuban slavery within the context of the Atlantic world and broad colonial networks of domination and resistance. This conference brings together scholars from Cuba and abroad working on the transatlantic slave trade, resistance, systems of control, abolition and emancipation, and the memory and legacies of slavery in Cuba. Join us for in-depth conversations about the present and future of understanding slavery and its long aftermath in this crucial part of the world.

"Verde" Premiere at New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS) and The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI) at Tulane University will again sponsor several films in this year’s New Orleans Film Festival. We are excited to support a diverse mix of films, including several narrative features, documentaries, and experimental shorts. In addition, CCSI director Dr. Ana López will lead a series of Q&A’s with select directors.

Verde, is a Spanish-language, Dominican feature film, directed by Alfonso Morgan-Terreno.

Via New Orleans Film Festival website:
“When a bystander is killed during the robbery of a goldmine, the spilled blood stains more than the three men responsible, saturating the tight-knit fabric of their tiny Dominican village, seeping into the landscape itself. In a feature debut that pairs clear-eyed observation with ghostly intelligence, Alfonso Morgan-Terrero takes a familiar story, a dark passage of revenge and bloodshed, and sinks its noirish elements deep into the texture of its surroundings: rough-hewn structures, alleys of broken rock bathed in grimy orange streetlight, and the enveloping green of the forest. Under the film’s hypnotized gaze, kinship, brotherhood, and enmity are blurred and masquerade as one another”.
-Jonathan Kieran.

Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is sponsoring this film. More information and tickets are available here