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OSEA Summer Field School in Ethnography (2005, 2006, 2007)

MIRA: Multimedia Interdisciplinary Research in Anthropology
A collaborative and comparative study of tourism destinations and cultures

2006 Program Includes a Special Workshop on Mexican Politics
Participants will investigate Mexican Elections on July 2 including pre & post election processes in relation to tourism dynamics in Yucatán

OSEA is currently not offering the MIRA program


MIRA 2005 Student Projects, Results, Experiences, Images
MIRA 2005 Handbook, including Syllabi

MIRA in Brief
The OSEA Summer Field School is a unique research program designed for participants to explore the rich social, cultural, historical and touristic environments of three locations (Mérida, Playa del Carmen, and Chichén Itzá/Pisté) in the Yucatán, México.

MIRA is “Multimedia Interdisciplinary Research in Anthropology” and refers to the Spanish verb mirar, which means "to look" and "to see" — mira, in the subjunctive means "Look!" "See!" Thus, this program is centered on ways of looking and seeing anthropologically, ethnographically, culturally, artistically, and in developing ways to materialize practices and methodologies of visual research, understanding and cultural production. MIRA is solidly grounded in interdisciplinary theory, research practices, and methods to realize research and results.

Our goal is support MIRA participants through a well-defined collaborative research project that will contribute to one's education and yield publishable results. Participants gain hands-on learning and experience in visual ethnography and interdisciplinary tourism research.

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Student Projects, Results, Experiences from MIRA 2005


Summer 2006: June 27– August 12
Arrival on Tuesday June 27. Departures on Saturday, August 12


Yucatán Peninsula of México

2006 Program includes:
—7 nights in Playa del Carmen, Jewel of the Maya Riviera
—26 nights in Mérida, the Colonial capital city of Yucatán
—10 days in Pisté & Chichén Itzá, the heart of Maya Civilization

FORMAT Field School Training Program in Interdisciplinary Research

Students receive training in interdisciplinary ethnography and research methodologies based in intensive fieldwork participant observation

Students design, conduct and complete independent research projects

Special 2006 Program includes Research on Mexican Elections on July 2

Areas of Investigation include Tourism, Urbanism, Migration, Development, Cultural Ecology, Globalization, Performance Art, Exhibition, Political Economy, Politics and Democracy, Election Process and Governance, Visual Anthropology, Media Studies and Design

HOUSING Posadas, hostels, and family run hotels
CREDITS 8 credits in Anthropology
Courses in Visual Anthropology, Ethnographic Methods, Anthropology of Tourism/Tourism Studies
LANGUAGE Conversational Spanish Required. Speaking knowledge of German, Italian, French, and Japanes is an asset to be used in individual research design

Program Fee covers tuition, lodging, most meals (except for dinners and during break) for 7 days & nights in Playa del Carmen, 26 in Mérida & 10 in Pisté; project related transportation between these sites; planned program excursions; and group entrance fees to archaeological sites (program trips include Chichén Itzá and Tulum; final scheduling may also include Coba, Ek Balam, Uxmal, and other other Puuc Sites)

Additional costs include all personal items, consumption, and activities; most dinners during program; lodging and food during breaks; purchase of course materials both prior to departure and on-site; see details on costs






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