Undergraduate Fieldcourse: South Africa 2012
(14 October 2012)
During September the department launched an overseas field course - the only one of its kind in the UK. Fourteen students, accompanied by Russell Hill and Matt Candea, spent 10 days in South Africa based at the Lajuma Research Centre high up within the beautiful Soutpansberg Mountains. Lajuma is the site of ongoing long-term research by the department and the field course offered a unique opportunity to reflect on fieldwork at the intersection of biological and social anthropology.
The biological aspect of the field course thus provided first-hand experience in collecting and analysing field data relating to primate behaviour and ecology, with the social anthropological elements prompting an ethnographic, reflexive view of the biological field site within its local South African context. The course opened up opportunities for new friendships and new experiences, including the practicalities of driving a minibus up a mountain pass, and we look forward to repeating the module next year!
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