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Welcome to Culture and Heritage in European Societies and Spaces

NOTE: The CHESS Program will come to a close in 2017, but our department has new pre-dissertation research funding programs, Europeanist events, and training opportunities in the anthropology of Europe!
CHESS is a three-year project of the Department of Anthropology’s European Field Studies Program, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. CHESS students participate in a training program that includes a semester-long international research experience in collaboration with the University of Barcelona in Spain. CHESS is for both undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Five Colleges consortium.
Each year, 5 students selected for the program will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn fieldwork methods that can be applied to critical heritage studies 
  • Spend spring semester conducting an independent research project in Spain or other sites in Europe
  • Participate in an international workshop at the University of Barcelona that will include short study tours to important heritage sites
  • Establish collaborative relationships with students and faculty at the University of Barcelona
  • Disseminate the results of their research through conference panels, an online student journal, and other scholarly publication

If this sounds like something you are interested in, visit our other pages to find out more about the program, research streams, location, coursework, faculty, and to apply for this exciting research opportunity in Barcelona, Spain!
2013-2017 program funded through NSF Award Number: IIA-1261172;
2010-2013 program funded through NSF Award Number: OISE-0968575
Check out this article in the Daily Collegian on the 2013-2014 cycle of the CHESS program!