23 - 29 July 2018, 10:00 - 16:00
With more than half of the world's population now living in cities, and this proportion set to increase to two-thirds by 2050, the ethnographic study of life in urban settings has never been so urgent and important. Urbanisation proceeding at such a pace has meant increases in the number and size of cities but also continues to alter the social fabric of urban centres, sometimes in profound ways. This five-day Summer School and two-day Seminar – organised and hosted by Anglia Ruskin University under the auspices of the International Urban Symposium (IUS) – will bring together social anthropologists, sociologists, urban planners, architects, and human geographers committed to empirically-grounded analysis of cities in order to examine a number of pressing methodological and theoretical questions relating to urban change.
The Summer School will encompass lectures, seminars, field trips and social events across a range of topics including migration, identity and belonging, the impact of stereotype, gentrification, public space, and historical and global links. The primary aim of the School is to train students in the ‘art’ of conducting ethnographic fieldwork and developing analysis based on said ethnography. The School will also instruct students on how to debate issues while seeking to understand and develop the link between ethnographically-based analysis and social theory. Teaching will take place in two-hour blocks – one each morning and one each afternoon – with in-class work being supplemented by events such as structured city walks and field trips. The School will be open to postgraduate and doctoral students, final-year undergraduate students as well as professionals and practitioners.
The fee for the event will be £350 and will cover tuition, teaching materials, attendance at the two-day Seminar and accommodation in halls of residence located on the Anglia Ruskin University campus. The non-residential fee for those who do not need accommodation will be £100. A limited number of free (non-residential) places are available to ARU research students.
The Summer School will culminate in a two-day Research Seminar bringing together colleagues who taught in the School and other interested scholars. As well as papers delivered by academics and practitioners on a range of issues relating to the theme of Cities in Flux, the Seminar will also give students of the School the opportunity to deliver poster presentations that draw on the work they have conducted over the previous five days. It is anticipated that expanded and revised versions of the Seminar papers and poster synopses will be published in outlets associated with the IUS, including the journal Urbanities and Palgrave Macmillan's 'Studies in Urban Anthropology' book series.
Applications will be accepted until 30 March and the outcome of the selection process will be communicated to all applicants by 3 April. Registration fees need to be paid by 1 May 2018.