Teaching Im/migration through an Ethnographic Portrait Project
- Author(s): Guzmán, Jennifer R;
- Medeiros, Melanie A;
- Faulkner, Gwendolyn
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/T33146968
The Im/migrant Ethnographic Portrait Project was designed for introductory cultural anthropology courses and has a threefold aim: 1) to familiarize students with research methods, 2) to facilitate students’ deeper understanding of migration by connecting course readings with a hands-on project, and 3) to humanize im/migrants by bringing students into one-on-one conversations where they will hear a person’s story in their own words. To support students’ success with this semester-long project and to ensure (as far as is possible) that no harm is done, we provide instruction and feedback through a series of progressive assignments. In this essay we explain each of these steps before concluding with remarks about the challenges and benefits of teaching this project.