Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fiji Island Field School Opportunity: Work With Indigenous Fijians



June 6 – July 7, 2009
Application deadline: May 4, 2009

Instructors: [Please contact for more info!!]

Dr. John D. Wingard (undergraduate) (
(707) 664-2319
Dr. Margaret Purser (graduate)
( )
(707) 664-3164

Levuka, Fiji is a historical Pacific island port-of-call which served as that nation’s first modern capital from 1874 to1882. Levuka today is a rich and vibrant community of a thousand people, whose ancestors came from all over the Pacific and the larger colonial world. The Fijian government is currently nominating Levuka to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Levuka Cultural Landscape Program was founded in 2000 as a community-based research program designed to support the nomination process by creating heritage management documentation based on local community input and consultation.

The two field schools will introduce students at undergraduate and graduate levels to the basics of community-based research and project design. Program goals include generating community-based definitions of tangible and intangible cultural heritage resources, and assessing the impacts of heritage tourism. Specific skills and training vary between the two courses, but include GPS-based survey, site mapping, architectural recording, oral history project design, and intensive ethnographic field methods.
Map of Fiji Islands
Both field schools will run concurrently from June 6 to July 7, 2009.

The following will be provided: Room (double occupancy): June 8-July 9; Meals: Breakfast Monday-Friday. Transportation from Nadi Airport to Levuka on June 8/9. Students will be responsible for transportation to and from Fiji and incidental expenses while in Fiji.

Tuition: $832 (4 units, graduate or undergraduate)
Program Fee: $1400


Enrollment will be through the School of Extended Education, Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Phone: (707) 664-2394


June 6 thru July 7* (dates include travel)


John D. Wingard, PhD
7961 Viola Court,
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Work: 707-664-2319

Margaret Purser, PhD
P.O. Box 56,
El Verano, CA 95443
Home: 707-996-8312
Work: 707-664-2312

Fiji Islands in Oceania
The Field School will be based in Levuka, Fiji. Students will be working on a faculty-directed project designed to collect information necessary to gain World Heritage Site status for the community of Levuka. The work will introduce students to the basics of community-based research and project design with the goal of developing cultural heritage resources, including both tangible and intangible resources, and assessing the impacts of heritage tourism. Students will help develop and carry out key components of the project. Students will be fully engaged in collaborative/participatory research with the local community and contribute directly to public education and interpretative program development.

Students can enroll in either of the following courses:

ANTH 454 Ethnographic Field School (4) (undergraduate credit)
A field school designed to help student develop their ethnographic field work skills, especially rapid appraisal techniques, in an applied setting. Students will learn how to design and carry out a research project utilizing such skills as participant observation, interviewing, and data analysis. Students will be required to write a report based on their research and experiences. Contact department for more information. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor

ANTH 554 Field School in Cultural Heritage Management (4) (graduate credit)
A field school designed to introduce graduate students to fieldwork in cultural heritage management. The field techniques employed will emphasize participatory and community-based research skills, GIS data-gathering and analysis, and cultural landscape approaches. Students will learn how to design and carry out a research project utilizing skills appropriate to the specific focus of their project. Students will be required to write a report based on their research and experiences. Contact department for more information. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate status or consent of instructor.

PROGRAM FEE: $1400* (non-refundable) payable in two installments—Installment 1: $400 due May 4, 2009; Installment 2: $1000 (or remaining balance) due May 25. All checks payable to Ethnographic Field School (regardless of which course the student enrolls in). The program fee covers Room (double occupancy): June 8-July 7; Meals: breakfast Monday-Friday.

TUITION: Tuition: $832 (4 units, graduate or undergraduate). Enrollment will be through the School of Extended Education, Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Phone: (707) 664-2394

TRANSPORTATION: Students are responsible travel costs and arrangements to and from Fiji. Flight information can be accessed at as well as other online sources. Flights are from San Francisco to Nadi, Fiji (SFO – NAN). Transportation from the airport to Levuka will be arranged by the instructors. A passport valid for at least three months after scheduled departure from Fiji is also required by the Fijian Government.

* You will depart the U.S. on June 6. Because you cross the international date line, however, you will arrive in Fiji on Monday, June 8, local time. If you depart Fiji, on July 7, you will arrive in the U.S. on July 7.

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