Seminar in Contemporary Ethnological and Anthropological Topics
Lecturer(s): doc. dr. Valič Urša, prof. dr. Muršič Rajko
Work in the seminar is based on guided reading of articles and variety of current and older literature, in accordance to the topics or the area of particular seminar. Main activities are guided discussions and independent student presentations of their own research as well as consulted reading. Each student prepares and defends a seminar work in the range of 30.000 to 60.000 characters with spaces. Each study year mentors or leaders of the seminar acquaint the students with the specific topic of the seminar and accordingly provide them basic literature, which they discuss about within the seminar.
In the first semester the student presents the topic of his or her seminar work, which is followed by a guided discussion, and by the end of the semester he or she prepares and submits its disposition.
The seminar relates to the following established fields in the study program of ethnology and cultural anthropology: anthropology of migrations, anthropology of tourism, applied anthropology and cultural management, visual anthropology. The seminar deals with basic and current social topics in Slovenia and elsewhere: topics, related to ecology, tourism and tourism-related processes (identity processes, heritagisation, mobility infrastructures, theme parks and spaces, destination myths, experiences and images), related to transnational connections, migrations, arts, media, violence, poverty, access to health care, etc. It offers orientations to the study of rural and urban cultures, contemporary, popular and digital culture, especially popular music and topics concerning entrepreneurship, business anthropology, anthropology of design or devise, anthropological study of non-governmental organizations and youth cultures. The seminar contextualises selected topics into the broader political and economic processes while within the seminar students also analyze scientific, cultural and sports programs and projects. They also get acquainted with the research of contemporary (urban) narratives and other genres of contemporary internet and media folklore. Students also learn how to use contemporary audiovisual methods, methodologies, sources and concepts of the field of visual anthropology as research and presentation tools about various selected topics.