Health, Environment and Fracking: Ethnographic Field School - Summer School in Indiana, Pennsylvania

Date: Monday, April 16, 2012
Subject: Health, Environment and Fracking: Ethnographic Field School

Health, Environment and Fracking: Ethnographic Field School

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana, Pennsylvania

July 9 - August 12, 2012

If you are looking for a summer experiential learning opportunity, and
if you're interested in learning more about issues related to
hydraulic fracturing (or fracking), you may want to consider the
ethnographic field school offered at Indiana University of Pennsylvana
from July 9 - August 12, 2012, in Indiana, Pennsylvania.  The field
school is offered for 6 credits at the advanced undergraduate or
graduate level.

We will be exploring methods in applied ethnographic research,
including film-making, interviews, oral history, and participatory
mapping, among others, through looking at the social impacts of
Marcellus Shale development in Indiana county in southwestern

The course will be divided into three sections: in-class work where
students learn about anthropological and sociological analyses of the
issues related to hydraulic fracturing, and methods students will use
in the field. During this first period students will develop a project
that fits their particular interests and the aims of the field school.
In the second part of the field school students, working in groups or
independently (under the guidance of the professors), will gather data
related to their project's focus. Finally, in the third section of the
field school, students will collaborate on an analysis and
presentation of their work.

The field school will be taught by three IUP professors: Dr. Amanda
Poole (Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology) who has
expertise in environmental anthropology, political ecology and
community-based resource management; Dr. James Dougherty (Assistant
Professor in the Department of Sociology) who focuses on Appalachian
Studies, Working Class Studies, globalization and social change; and
Dr. Anastasia Hudgins (Assistant Professor in the Department of
Anthropology) who will emphasize issues related to visual anthropology
and medical anthropology.

If you would like to attend the field school, please don't hesitate to
contact us for more information or an application,

Amanda Poole (

Anastasia Hudgins (

Jim Dougherty (

Anastasia Hudgins
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania