What does it mean to be human and how can we be human in so many different ways – even online – are some of the many questions we try to explore in anthropology. In this creative activity, students carry out their own anthropological field research project from the beginning to the end. In order to acquire the necessary skills to do so, they read and interpret anthropological texts, including classics such as Malinowski, Levi-Strauss, or Bourdieu. Armed with their research proposal, they carry out ethnographic research in a variety of places, such as coffee bars, among artists, street-sellers, the “mercato coperto” in Trieste or others. Due to COVID-19, students this year tried to understand how people (re)create society online, why they post the things they do or how people’s ways of communicating online may reflect a particular kind of sociality offline.
What you see here is a selection of students’ final projects, all related to UWCAD students’ relationship with social media. Enjoy!