The focus of this field school is comparative cultural practices and
boundaries associated with community identity. Through ethnographic
fieldwork, participants in this field school will experience and
investigate two cultural districts in Beijing: Gaobeidian Village and
Song Zhuang. Gaobeidian is a government facilitated "folklore village,"
While Song Zhuang is a cluster of villages on the outskirts of Beijing
that have become the home to several thousand contemporary artists.
Through USING folkloristic methods, participants will investigate,
document, analyze compare, and contrast the cultural development of
these two districts. Emphasis will be placed on discovering how the
creative process and individual and collective identity occurs in these
local settings that are also simultaneously translocal—attracting
regional, national, and international attention. Participants will also
have the opportunity to visit major cultural heritage sites in the
Beijing including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden
City among others.
Using multi-media, participants in this field school will have the opportunity to contribute the results of their field work to ChinaVine. ChinaVine's mission is to interpret China's cultural heritage for English speaking/reading audiences.
Students participating in this field school will:
about China's cultural heritage and the ways in which this heritage is
being preserved, sustained, and interpreted as facilitated by national
and regional planning efforts overseen by government entities
Discover how people living in Gaobeidian and Song Zhuang are shaping and expressing their cultural heritage.
Learn and apply multiple multimedia oriented strategies for interpreting China's cultural heritage.
Learn methods for cultural research and interpretation.
about the emerging public sector in China and how that compares with
the public sector that supports the arts and culture in the United
Dates of Field School
Online orientation: June 20-July 1 On-site in Beijing: July 5-July 19 Free time in China: July 20-July 30 Online post-residency: July 31-August 13
primary instructors will be Doug Blandy and John Fenn, faculty at the
University of Oregon. Their instruction during the residency in China
will be supplemented by Kristin G. Congdon from the University of
Central Florida and Professor Lihui Yang of Beijing Normal University.
The priority application deadline is February 1, 2011. Spaces are limited.