2016 Workshops & Student Mentor Lunch
Description: Food security relies on seed security. Community seed banks and see libraries are local solution to preventing loss of genetic diversity, the disappearance of local seed varieties, and the erosion of agricultural traditions. Through this workshop, participants will learn the basics of starting a community seed bank including seed collection, saving, storage, and see bank organization. We will cover different models of community seed banks and seed conservation strategies, including the seed library movement, and highlights of successful project. The workshop fee includes a light breakfast and lunch for all participants.
A methodology is not just a set of methods; it’s a worked-out plan of what methods to use to get the results you want. You don’t use an atom-smasher to find out plant names, or a frame interview to smash atoms. Deciding on the right methodology involves philosophy (ontology, epistemology) as well as a good knowledge of possible methods to use. You need to figure out what you want to know, why you want to know it, and what biases could creep in and how to minimize them. This means a lot of thinking about what you’re doing, but also some field experience so that you know what works. You need to know alternatives to use in case one or another method turns out to be impossible in the field. Grant applications are especially a place to think about this—grant proposal reviewers tend to concentrate on the methodology section, and judge your proposal according to whether you prove to them (not just to yourself!) that you have the absolutely best choice of methods to answer the question you pose. This goes from citing the right philosophical books down to specifying what brand of equipment you’re taking to the field.
For background, look over my posting METHODOLOGY on my website, www.krazykioti.com. The basic book in anthro, always, is H. Russell Bernard’s RESEARCH METHODS IN ANTHROPOLOGY, and if you want to go the whole way Bernard’s book with Clarence Gravlee, HANDBOOK OF RESEARCH METHODS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY.
For botany and zoology, consult the relevant field handbooks. I say a bit about that in my chapter on agroecology in our textbook ETHNOBIOLOGY (Anderson et al. 2011).
Student Mentor lunch will be happening! It will be held Thursday, March 17 during the conference lunch break (exact time TBA in the final program). There are 20 slots for students and there is no fee! When you register please select a lunch sandwich option: Turkey and Brie; Shaved Ham and Gruyere Cheese; Grilled Veggies.
The Student Mentor Lunch is an opportunity for students at all stages of their ethnobiological training to meet with some of our seasoned Society members in an informal and supportive environment. Lunch is provided free of charge this year, so registration is on a first-come basis and we ask that you only reserve a seat if you are certain that you will attend.
This event is for Student Conference Registrants. You must be logged in AND you need be registered for the conference as "Early Bird Student Member" or "Student Member", to access the "Student Mentor Lunch Registration" link below.