Dr. Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth will present two information sessions on Ohio Field School and answer any questions you may have.
The Center for Folklore Studies, as part of its mission to coordinate and support folklore and cultural documentation throughout the state of Ohio, is conducting the Ohio Field School, an ongoing research project focusing on Ohio communities’ responses to economic, environmental and cultural change through their everyday practices and expressive culture.
The Ohio Field School (CMPSTD 5189-S/ENG 5189-S) will be offered in spring 2024, giving students the chance to learn collaborative, experiential ethnography in service to grassroots community organizations in Appalachian Ohio. Through the class students will gain a better understanding of ethnographic and collaborative methods, place-based inquiry, and the political, economic and environmental context of Appalachia. Students will spend the week of 2024 spring break in southeast Ohio where they will work with community partners on collaborative, documentary projects that address the changing conditions of place and activism in Appalachian Ohio. Students will then receive training in archiving and presenting materials collected during fieldwork to contribute to the CFS Folklore Archive.
Admission to the course is contingent on application and attendance at an Ohio Field School information session or prior meeting with one of the course instructors, Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth or Lydia Smith. Projects generated by previous field school students can be found here.