As students of Anthropology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP-Diliman), it is required of us to embark on a "rite of passage" from which we shall be trained in the study of humanity. The department upholds the four-field approach when delving into the study of Anthropology and it is primarily done by applying a curriculum that focuses on a holistic approach and direct hands-on learning that is best executed when done in the context of field work. Field work in itself is a fundamental practice of any anthropologist. This culminating activity is made to give us a common strand and strength as students of Anthropology.
Glenn Davis Stone
Prof. of Anthropology and Environmental Studies
St. Louis, MO 63130 USA
I am an environmental anthropologist working on cultural/agricultural issues. Details on my research and writing is here and here.
I am starting a research project on indigenous knowledge, decision-making, and technology change on rice farms in the Philippines. I hope to collect data in a lowland area where there are large and small rice farms (such as Nueva Ecija), and also among small farmers in the Cordillera. Rather than carrying out the fieldwork myself, I want to have collaborators do much of it. I am flexible on how the collaboration would work, but here are two possible arrangements:
I work with a PhD student who could both use the data for their own dissertation and also share it with me for joint publications. I would provide funding and mentoring, and the student would carry out most of the actual fieldwork.
I hire a student who will not actually be using the data for their own publishing, but who could serve as a field assistant helping with logistics and translation. This would work best if the student is already is familiar with an area that we could use as a research site. This would just involve a few weeks of fieldwork, but it is not yet sure when this would happen; perhaps some time between August-September and also next summer or fall.
Our grant runs through October 2015 but it will probably be possible to continue work for some time after that.