Ethnomusicology Fieldwork - 2nd semester


a) Develop a project involving field research
b) Be able to address multiple analysis strategies, organization and interpretation of data collected through field research
c) Be able to discuss the problems of ethnographic writing, using examples drawn from recent ethnomusicological monographs and the work done by students during the course
d) Be able to discuss ethnography theoretical perspectives, methods and techniques

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Responsible teacher

Maria de São José Côrte-Real


Weekly - 4

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Teaching language



Frequency and approval on \"Ethnomusicology: An Introduction\" and Ethnomusicology: Theory and Method\" units


Barz, G. F. (2008). Confronting the Field(note) in and out of the Field. Barz & Cooley (Eds.) Shadows in the Field. New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology. Oxford: OUP, 206-223.
Burgess, R. (1997). Métodos de Pesquisa de Terreno. A Pesquisa de Terreno. Oeiras: Celta Ed, 112-33.
Castelo-Branco, S. (2008). A categorização da música em Portugal. Ethno-Folk, Revista Galega de Etnomusicologia 12, 13-30.
Clifford J. & Marcus, G. E. (1986). Writing Culture: The Politics and Poetics of Ethnography. Berkeley: UCP.
Nettl, B. (2005). Come Back and See Me Next Tuesday: Essentials of Fieldwork. The Study of Ethnnomusicology: 31 - Issues and Concepts. Urbana: UIP, 150-166.
Porter, J. (1997). The Collection and Study of Traditional European Music. Garland Encyclopedia of World Music – Europe. Alexander Street Press, 16-28.
Rice, T. (2003). Time, Place and Metaphor in Musical Experience and Ethnography. Ethomusicology 47 (2), 151-179.

Teaching method

This is a course of research articulating theoretical (60%) and practical (40%) components, with fieldwork. In the first two blocks the students prepare and conduct a brief stay in the field, to collect information to answer the research question, theoretically framed and meanwhile proposed, and to test the hypotheses previously presented. In the last two blocks we proceed to the processing of data, including transcription of interviews and other records made, and writing exercises of two types of text: respectively a report on organization of data (text 1) and a brief text of ethnographic writing (text 2). Given the open and highly personal nature of the unit new readings can be added up and the work may develop around different fieldwork techniques.

Evaluation method

The assessment includes written and oral work according to the following ratio, to negotiate at the beginning of the course: texts 1 and 2 (35% + 35%), oral presentations 1 and 2 (15% + 15%).

Subject matter

The following issues will be introduced and operationalized:
1) Social Sciences theory and methods and their application to ethnomusicological research, 2) Basics of qualitative research, 3) Basics of ethnographic method, 4) Construction of scientific object, 5) The practice of ethnography, 6) Ethnographic interviews, 7) Observation, 8) Visual methods; 9) Ethnographic film; 10) Data analysis; 11) Writing; 12) Analysis of music and musical practice; 13) Ethics, 14) Auto-ethnography


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