The fall 2021 In-Depth courses are open to all SAR members and taught online so participants can join from anywhere. These courses offer one of the most unique ways for SAR members to engage with leading scholars in a small group format.
Purchase the recorded course and receive access to the recordings after the live sessions have taken place. This option is best for people who are interested in the topics but who are unable to attend the online courses live:
The aim of this course is to introduce participants to the fundamental features and essential practices of writing ethnography and creative non-fiction. The primary objective of the course is to show participants how to sensuously describe ethnographic spaces, sounds and characters.
Participants will engage in writing exercises that enable them to “Weave the World,” a seamless linkage of sensuous description and social analysis. Participants will also be asked to read examples from the work of writers (including ethnographers) who have, in various ways, successfully used « weaving the world » techniques to evoke places and spaces, develop dialogue and craft character. By the end of the course, participants will have practiced writing strategies that they can use to ensure that their future readers come to know a people who live in a particular place.
During the course participants will be asked to write culture evocatively. The instructor will outline ethnographic writing practices—the “tricks of the trade.” He will then ask the students to begin to “Weave the World” by writing (1) descriptions of space/place, and (2) character portraits.
Course Leader: Paul A. Stoller (SAR’s 1992 National Endowment for the Humanities Resident Scholar, and contributor to several SAR Press publications)
Paul Stoller is Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University. He is the author of 15 books (memoirs, novels, and ethnographies) and has conducted research among the Songhay people in West Africa (Niger) and among West African immigrants in New York City. In 2013 King Karl XVI Gustav of Sweden awarded him the Anders Retzius Gold Medal in recognition of his scientific contributions to Anthropology. In 2015 the American Anthropological Association awarded him the Anthropology in Media Award. His recent books include The Sorcerer’s Burden: The Ethnographic Saga of a Global Family (2016-Palgrave) and Adventures in Blogging: Anthropology and Popular Media (2018 – University of Toronto Press). He has been facilitating writing workshops and courses in North America, Europe, and West Africa for more than 10 years.
This course will take place across three sessions:
Monday, November 1, 2021 // 10:00 am (Mountain Time)
Monday, November 8, 2021 // 10:00 am (Mountain Time)
Monday, November 15, 2021 // 10:00 am (Mountain Time)
SAR member: $150 // Course fee + one year Arroyo Hondo membership: $200