At the beginning of my Master’s in 2013, I was lumped together with all of the anthropology students in a mandatory one-semester course creatively named “ANT1000: Introductory Master’s Workshop”. To this day, I’m not entirely sure what the purpose of that course was, although I think they tried to teach us basic research skills. What I do remember was that the theme was Spaces and Places, and we were meant to discuss different anthropological theories in this context. Our class size was about 40 – and all of them were sociocultural anthropologists except for myself and three others, who were in biological/physical/forensic anthropology. Needless to say, the four of us had very little to contribute to this conversation. To us, it sounded like the class was just discussing semantics – what is a space, and how is it different from a place?
“Long time no see”, someone would say! After a long time of absence here, mainly due to heavy workload, I managed to find some time to update my blog with my recent activities.
Since I haven’t done so, I decided to focus this blog on a winter course I went to, which took place at the Italian Alps, while I was in Dornbirn for my placement.
Some people might wonder: “winter course? Don’t these things happen usually during summer in nice locations, preferably at a nice summer resort?” [Read more…]