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Summer 2021 (Modified)[i] Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School
Dates: July 6—August 7, 2021
You are also required to attend a preparatory workshop on Monday June 28, 2021, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UWM.
The BLC Field School is a nationally recognized award-winning project that combines immersive learning with civic engagement. The Field School welcomes the participation of members of the community, and it is open to anyone who is interested and can make a full-time commitment (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) over five weeks. Students are eligible to receive academic credit for the Field School, which may be taken as an Independent Study (3 cr.) or Internship (3 cr.).
Websites: Thefieldschool.weebly.com; MKEEJlab.weebly.com
What will be the focus of the 2021 field school?
Our goal is to write urban histories that reflect the lived realities of people in Milwaukee’s marginalized and segregated neighborhoods. In Summer 2021 we will examine community spaces such as streets, sidewalks, alleys, open spaces, gardens, empty lots, and parks. These are sites where community members sustain human relationships and practice mutual aid and self-care. Using methods such as material culture and architectural documentation, history harvests, short and long form oral histories, community led walks, asset mapping, and spatial ethnography, we will document the geography, layout, and stories of everyday life in these spaces.
During the 5-week period, we will learn the following:
Meeting times: M-F 9AM-4PM
Location: Washington Park Week 1-2; SARUP Week 3-5
Week 1; July 6-9: Workshops and preparation
Week 2; July 12-16: Oral History and ethnographic data collection
Week 3; July 19-23: Archives and continue ethnographic data collection
Week 4: July 26-30: Analysis and dissemination
Week 5: August 2-6: Dissemination and Final events
August 7, 2021: Final event
[i] The summer 2021 field school is modified to ensure all pandemic related safety and health precautions. All participants have to be vaccinated. We will not be entering homes and measuring these spaces. We will try and keep most of our data collection to the outdoors. All interviews will be held in ventilated spaces and preferably outdoors. Class meetings will take place in large, ventilated spaces. All safety precautions, social distancing, and masking will be followed by all participants at all times.
Are you interested? Contact Arijit Sen for details: senA@uwm.edu