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CSAC's Research Projects - New and ongoing

Current research projects of CSAC researchers .


Archiving a Cameroonian Photographic Studio

With the support of the British Library's Endangered Archives Programme, the Cameroon National archives and the British Council, Yaoundi the negatives are being archived to enable future research to take place. The collection is a rare archive of local photographic practices which, because Touselle is still working the community where they were taken, can be well documented with his assistance, thus rendering the archive considerably more important for the future than the bare collection of negatives alone. The collection will enable scholars to raise a wide range of issues about the presentation of self, changing fashions and global patterns of influence as mediated by local norms of appropriate behaviour in public.

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Genealogical Relations of Knowledge

Genealogies of knowledge - developing anthropological middleware to support fieldwork-based social science An E-science middleware project

The main aim of the project is to design, implement and deploy support for components of key research processes in fieldwork-based social science. In particular, we will address 1) support for bibliographic research (references and full text extracts) so 'standard' bibliographic references in AIO will have links to relevant full-text sources automatically added. 2) support for interactive collection and aggregation of data during fieldwork 3) support for the consolidation, analysis, modelling and dissemination of fieldwork data.

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AnthroMethods

Anthropological research is immersive and interactive - working with people on a day-to-day basis to understand the material circumstances people live in, and how their local viewpoint both adapts to and changes these circumstances.

AnthroMethods is a collaborative site for sharing information about research methods for social science. It has three sections, AnthroMethods for articles, AnthroTools for software and other research tools, and AnthroResources for links and discussion of resources to support research or research training.

Once registered, you can contribute to any of these sections.

At CSAC in Kent we are extending and developing conventional and computer-based methods for collecting interactive ethnographic data and methods of dynamic data management.

This effort incorporates a substantive project on the creation and transmission of local environmental knowledge. We hope to define aspects of best practice in ethnoecology and computer-assisted ethnographic research and to make these methods accessible to researchers who have limited experience with ethnographic approaches to social research, but who are involved in the application of local knowledge to practical conservation and development initiatives.

This requires useful instruments and procedures applicable outside anthropology and the means for integrating the results in a useful way with those of other disciplines. - We will review existing methods relevant to ethnoecology, identifying ways to amplify our ability to apply these using digital media and computers (particularly hand-held computers), develop new methods which produce results that can be integrated with those of other disciplines, improve our formal understanding of qualitative analysis, and investigate and develop prototypic interactive quantitative methods.

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Paul Stirling's Turkish Village Archives

45 years in the Turkish Village - 1949-1994

Paul Stirling's Ethnographic Data Archives

Paul Stirling did ethnographic research in two Turkish villages between 1949 and 1994. He collected formal household data in 1950, 1971 and 1985.

Since 1990 we have been preparing an archives of this data for eventual public access for teaching and research, as well as the passerby who has a more than casual interest in Turkey and its past half-century of change.

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VIMS

The Virtual Institute of Mambila Studies

The Virtual Institute of Mambila Studies seeks to collate and connect the different research and researchers with an interest in the Mambila people of the Nigeria Cameroon borderland and their neighbours; their languages and the area in which they live. We take a broad view of Mambila, including other groups speaking related languages such as Kwanja, Vute, Wawa, Nizaa, Njerep (3 speakers at last count!) Twendi (35 speakers), Tep, and others. Our research is primarily of an anthropological and linguistic nature; abstracts or full texts of papers are available at the site.

The currently available work includes reports on Zeitlyn's research on kinship and language and his annotated version of Meek's early ethnological work in the region, and Connell's comparative linguistic research and work on tone realization in Mambila, as well as a full bibliography of anthropological, linguistic, and related research on Mambila.

VIMS was established by D Zeitlyn in 1995

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ACCS

The APFT Content Code System

Mike Fischer, Oliver Kortendick and David Zeitlyn A content coding framework designed for ethnographic data

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Making Tradition in Cook Islands

Making Tradition in the Cook Islands: Images of the Islands

From 1992 to present Michael Fischer and Wenonah Lyon have been investigating the role and processes of tradition in the Cook Islands, a modern Polynesian island nation located about 1000 km due west of the Society Islands. We will be presenting some of the materials we have collected there, still images, video and sound recordings, as well as the texts which have been based on these. We will also be including material by others with their permission.

To begin things, we are including Mauke Dance a short Quicktime Movie (4 meg.) of 14 seconds of a dance performance by residents of the island of Mauke at the 1993 Agriculture Show on Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

A lot of material has now been cleared for release by the Cook Islanders and will be added as time permits. Sonia Vougioukalou has done her doctoral work on Atiu, and will be adding some of her material.

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Updated Tue Nov 01 08:29:16 GMT 2011
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CSAC's Research Projects - Completed


Documentation of endangered languages and cultures in the Nigeria-Cameroon borderland

Conducted Jan 2006-Sept 2009: An AHRC funded project 'Documentation of endangered languages and cultures in the Nigeria-Cameroon borderland'.

David Zeitlyn Bruce Connell

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RITE - Interactive Ethnography - AnthroMethods

Anthropological research is immersive and interactive - working with people on a day-to-day basis to understand the material circumstances people live in, and how their local viewpoint both adapts to and changes these circumstances.

We are extending and developing conventional and computer-based methods for collecting interactive ethnographic data and methods of dynamic data management.

This effort incorporates a substantive project on the creation and transmission of local environmental knowledge. We hope to define aspects of best practice in ethnoecology and computer-assisted ethnographic research and to make these methods accessible to researchers who have limited experience with ethnographic approaches to social research, but who are involved in the application of local knowledge to practical conservation and development initiatives.

This requires useful instruments and procedures applicable outside anthropology and the means for integrating the results in a useful way with those of other disciplines. - We will review existing methods relevant to ethnoecology, identifying ways to amplify our ability to apply these using digital media and computers (particularly hand-held computers), develop new methods which produce results that can be integrated with those of other disciplines, improve our formal understanding of qualitative analysis, and investigate and develop prototypic interactive quantitative methods.

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Online fieldwork from Pakistan by Stephen Lyon

Online fieldwork from Pakistan. Produced in 1998 by Stephen Lyon for his thesis fieldwork. Not currently being updated. His thesis is available on-line at the site.

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Sustainable semi-arid development

Sustainable semi-arid development. A project by Alan Bicker and Stephen Lyon, looking at sustainable agriculture in arid parts of Pakistan.

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2000-2001 A Kent Student is taking part in the Overseas Training Programme

Avenir des Peuples des For?ts Tropicales (APFT)

Avenir des Peuples des Forets Tropicales (APFT) - a large multi-sited project investigating rainforest peoples' adaptations to the degradation of their habitat.

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The Ascoli Project: a Puglian town and its hinterland

The Ascoli Project: a Puglian town and its hinterland. Janet Bagg's site describing historical research by Dr. Neville Colclough and herself.

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Mama for story

Mama for story. Festschrifts for Sally Chilver

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Texts of Exploration

Texts of Exploration. A project by Michael Fischer and Elizabeth Hallam.

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T.A.P.

T.A.P. Dr. Oliver Kortendick's text analysis project

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Impressions of Siena

Impressions of Siena. A look at contemporary Siena by Sandra Kortendick.

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Territory and Identity: The Contrade System.

Territory and Identity: The Contrade System.

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AAA 1996 Session: Culture as distributed cognition

AAA 1996 Session: Culture as distributed cognition. Organised by David Kronenfeld.

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1999 Eclipse Anthropology Project

1999 Eclipse Anthropology Project.

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Blerbs

British Library funded Ethnographic Research on Bibliographic Services in UK academic libraries 1995

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The 'Panawina' Malta to Thailand Sailing Project 1995

The 'Panawina' Malta to Thailand Sailing Project 1995. Steve WIlson.

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CSAC's Research Projects - New and ongoing

Current research projects of CSAC researchers

Archiving a Cameroonian Photographic Studio

Genealogical Relations of Knowledge

AnthroMethods

Paul Stirling's Turkish Village Archives

VIMS

ACCS

Making Tradition in Cook Islands


CSAC's Research Projects - Completed
Documentation of endangered languages and cultures in the Nigeria-Cameroon borderland
RITE - Interactive Ethnography - AnthroMethods
Online fieldwork from Pakistan by Stephen Lyon
Sustainable semi-arid development
2000-2001 A Kent Student is taking part in the Overseas Training Programme
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Welcome to the Ethnographics Gallery

Current News, Events and Activities for CSAC and Kent Anthropology

Archiving a Cameroonian Photographic Studio

Visual Anthropology at Kent

Ethnobiology of Europe website

Seeing the ring: A nineteenth century photograph album

Other News about Kent Anthropology


UKC Anthropology
Studying Anthropology at Kent

Kent Student Notes

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Economic and Social Research Council

Arts and Humanities Research Council

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Medical Research Council

Higher Education Funding Council for England


About the Ethnographics Gallery

The Ethnographics Gallery is a project of the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing. It is the direct descendent of the oldest online resource for Anthropology, dating to 1986. While we are giving the Gallery a face lift, please remember there are 20 year old pages within these halls.

We have no funding stream for this site, and so little time to maintain older material so it well may have a bit of a museum effect. Newer material will be appropriately wizzy.


What is the Ethnographics Gallery?

The Ethnographics Gallery is a publication of the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing. This site contains reports on CSAC research, Teaching materials, and Resources that can be used for planning and executing research, including bibliographic materials, databases of ethnographic material, fieldnotes, descriptors, and software for working with ethnographic data. Suggestions always welcome, but we have no funding stream for this website. It contains materials created since 1986, and many of them are rather unfashionable by today's standards. We do, however, want everything to work! mail suggestions to csac@kent.ac.uk

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History

Our first internet service was begun in November, 1986, followed by our first web site in May, 1993, one of the first 400 web sites. The Ethnographics Gallery was founded in Feburary 1994. Our mission at that time was to provide a forum for anthropologists on the internet, and we helped to launch a number of organisations into cyberspace. Today, we are mostly concerned with novel forms of online publishing, disseminating our research, promoting learning resources, and disseminating information about using computers in anthropological research.

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Updated Sun Jan 22 20:00:14 GMT+00:00 2006
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CSAC Ethnographics Gallery

This is a CSAC 2007 publication. See CSAC site for updates.


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