Austria, Vienna

Methods in Political Anthropology

when 17 February 2013 - 22 February 2013
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS

The course is intended for non-anthropologists seeking to apply ethnographic methods in data collection and analysis. It integrates methodological questions into questions of analysis and interpretation, from an anthropological perspective. During the course, students will be introduced to anthropological approaches to the political sphere and methods of studying its impact on daily life. Issues of focus will include specific approaches to political ethnography (oral history collection and the analysis of space and place). These will be complemented by in-class comparative discussion of different approaches to political ethnography (textual representation, visual documentation and film, etc). The course will also include an ethnographic assignment to be developed in consultation with students’ interests and needs. Finally, students will be asked to reflect on specific ethical and methodological questions arising from 'applied' anthropological and ethnographic practice.

Course leader

Olga Demetriou
International Peace Research Institute Oslo

Target group

Advanced students and junior researchers in political science and adjacent disciplines

Course aim

as above

Credits info

Participants have the opportunity to gain 2 ECTS credits from the University of Vienna for attending an Introductory or Advanced Courses (15 hours). Participants must successfully complete their course, and successfully complete their project assignment in order to obtain 2 ECTS credits – Transcripts will be sent to the participants by The University of Vienna.

For all courses being attended (Introductory, Advanced and/or Software Training Courses), participants also receive a certificate of attendance.

Certificates of accreditation (if applicable) as well as certificates of attendance are sent to the participants after the Winter School has ended, by the University of Vienna

Fee info

EUR 0: ECPR Member – €495
Non-ECPR Member – €690
ECPR Member who has attended the ECPR SSMT 2012* – €445
Non-ECPR Member who has attended the ECPR SSMT 2012* – €640
*There is a €50 loyalty discount deducted from all Introductory and Advanced Courses to participants who attended the 2012
Summer School in Methods and Techniques (SSMT) in Ljubljana (this discount does not apply to Software Training Courses).


Self funded students from ECPR member institutions will be able to apply for funding in the form of scholarship funds and travel and accommodation grants. Please use the following link for further information: