CRF Scholar Krista Harper ('08-'09) and Professor Jacqueline Urla led five Anthropology graduate students to Spain to take part in an international workshop on the theme of “Space, Placemaking, and the Politics of the Local” at the University of Barcelona from Feb. 5-8.
The workshop is part of the European Field Studies Program’s three-year National Science Foundation research and training grant, "Cultural Heritage in European Societies and Spaces (CHESS),” led by associate professor Krista Harper and professor Jacqueline Urla.
This round of the program, Harper is serving as field supervisor, guiding students through a three-semester course series on ethnographic research design, field research in Europe and analyzing and writing up field research data.
Harper and Urla co-organized the workshop with colleagues at the University of Barcelona, where graduate students from the two universities will present their research projects and discuss the interplay of theory, method and ethics in field research.
The graduate students, Gina Agostino, Rebecca Broedel Bartusewich, Johanna Mitterhoffer, Lillian Muir from Anthropology and Jenny Folsom from Sociology, are preparing to conduct NSF-sponsored field research in Belgium, Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Portugal.
Harper is presenting her work on "Participatory Visual and Digital Research Methods" to the visual anthropology colloquium of the department of anthropological sciences.
The UMass Amherst delegation will also visit the Mercat El Born, an urban archaeological site, for a presentation by the head archaeologist.
Photo: Krista Harper and Jacqueline Urla
Article courtesy of the UMass Office of News & Media Relations, February 2013