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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop the student: - is able to move autonomously in applying the specific techniques learned independently or within projects organized by the institutions; - will know how to deal with other subjects on the methods of use and documentation of the techniques learned; - knows how to place the specific knowledge learned in different types of service; - will know how to evaluate the limits and merits of the technical instruments learned; - will know how to transfer the technologies learned in different contexts by making personal modifications and additions.

Course contents

The workshop provides the necessary tools to allow students to acquire some basic techniques of ethnographic research. through the discussion in the classroom - starting from some readings of ethnographic research - we will deal with issues of the contemporary world, in particular in the aspects inherent to the world of the prevention of discomfort and that of its management in educational terms. in a second moment, the students - collectively or individually - will experience a moment of "participant observation" in order to train themselves in the ethnographic gaze, capable of suggesting concrete possibilities of operative intervention in social distress.


Cappelletto F. (a cura di), 2009, Vivere l'etnografia, Firenze, SEID

Semi G., 2010, L'osservazione partecipante: una guida pratica, Bologna, Il Mulino.

Cammelli M.G., 2019, "Le varie forme di un muro: accogliere dietro le sbarre. Un'etnografia", in Lungo i Confini dell'accoglienza, Fabini G., Firouzi Tabar O., Vianello F. (a cura di), ManifestoLibri

Teaching methods

In the classroom, passages from various ethnographic monographs will be read and commented on. The material will be provided by the teacher.

Assessment methods

The workshop includes a final oral exam in the classroom. The test will verify the acquisition of the proposed research tools and the understanding of the main theoretical-methodological issues concerning anthropological research in the field.

Teaching tools

In-depth materials on Alma Campus.

Office hours

See the website of Maddalena Gretel Cammelli