Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Project Wikis & Research Symposium

Paradox and Progress: UW Research Projects

Urban Planning: Space and Place in Amsterdam

Dutch Health Care: Seattle and Amsterdam Comparative Case Study

Immigrant Identities in Amsterdam

Fact and Fiction: Exploring Information Politics, Submission, and the Dutch Muslim Community

Nederhop and Youth Culture

Prostitution, Drugs, and Crime: For Better or for Worse?

Virtual 3rd Place: Collaborative International Research

UW Research Symposium

Presentation (large AVI files)

Belinda 1
Belinda 2


Thursday, May 18, 2006

Research Proposal--Basic Structure

Paradox and Progress || Spring Seminar H A&S 397A || due 12 june 2006
-- revised 18 May 2006 --

1. Revised abstract (200 words max)—the abstract will be close to its final draft, but does not need to be THE final version.

2. Background (~1000 words) – an overview that synthesizes project for all group members This should include:
  • Literature review (from your readings discuss what are the core issues, common concerns, and debates)
  • Context (Why is the topic relevant. How will it advance yours and others understanding of the field? Remember to consider why it is of personal interest to you.)
  • Problem(s) (what are the struggles you have encountered while beginning your research?)
3. Research Questions. This is where you set up your individual research as one component of the overall group research project. Spend one or two paragraphs developing your specific research question(s).
  • researcher 1
  • researcher 2
  • researcher 3 (if applicable)
4. Research Methods (~1000 words/approximately 2 pages, plus bibliography)
  • Discuss interdisciplinary and how it is or is not relevant to your project
  • Affordances- how is each method appropriate for your research
  • Limitations- what are the limitations of each method
  • Reflexivity- what biases and what assumptions do you bring to the project
  • Analysis- how will the data collected help answer/ask your research question)
  • preliminary bibliography (basic sources that demonstrate the direction you are taking in investigating your topic)
5. Human Subjects: discuss 1) your methods for recruiting (interview) subjects, and 2) measures taken to guarantee confidentiality and anonymity.

6. Daily research schedule while in Amsterdam (1-2 pages). You should have one consolidated schedule for the group. The schedules should include resources you will use in Amsterdam, i.e.:

• People (names, titles, etc.)
• Places (address)
• Equipment
• Information

7) Reference List (bibliography)

8) Interview guidelines (for your reference):

9) All work to be submitted via group wiki by midnight 12 June 2006

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

SAP (student group through UvA's ISHSS)

SAP is a another student group through the ISHSS:
What is the Student Advisory Panel
The Student Advisory Panel, in association with all that is good in life, would like to extend open arms and an open door to their office to all new, and even the not-so-new, students. The SAP is about representing the needs, addressing the concerns, and enriching the lives of all the students at the International School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

SAP (Student Advisory Panel)
Prins Hendrikkade 189-B, room 1.20
Telephone: +31 (0)20 525 4309
Email: or

The following are some interesting sites that most students should find useful (from SAP):
Interesing Links:

Interesting Links in Amsterdam:

Wireless hotspots

Concert halls




De Balie

Pepsi Stage


Ticket Master


Movie theatres




UvA links:

If you have any other links that will be of interest to the student body, please email them to us at

UvA Information: Student ID cards, Libraries, Computers

Student ID card
Students receive a student ID card good for the length of their stay at the university. This card gives the student access to a variety of student facilities, including the library and computers.

The Universiteit van Amsterdam has an extensive central University Library, with over four million volumes. In addition, a number of departments have their own libraries. The University Library is located in the city centre. It contains over four million books, 70,000 manuscripts, 500,000 letters, and 125,000 geographical maps. In the General Library you will also find specialised collections in the Department of Rare and Precious Works, the Manuscript and Writing Museum, the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana with its collection of material relating to Jewish history and culture, and the Department of Documentation on Social Movements. The General Library also has three reading rooms which provide students with a space where they can study quietly. In addition to the General Library, there are approximately 70 department libraries spread over the centre of Amsterdam. Your passport and Student ID card are required for registration at the General Library. To register for departmental libraries, a student ID card is usually sufficient.

Singel 425
1012 WP Amsterdam
Tel.: (+31) 20-525 2301
Fax: (+31) 20-525 2311

Computer Room ISHSS
On July 1, 2003 the new computer room of the ISHSS opened. There are 38 computers and a printer available to ISHSS students only. Printer cards can be obtained from a card machine in the repro room on the ground floor; this card can also be used for the copier machine in the repro room.

Information Technology Centre (IC)
The information Technology Centre offers support in the field of information and communications services.

Computer Centre Binnengasthuis 5 (BG5)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 237
1012 DL Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: (020) 525 2088

Study centres
Students have free access to around 300 work stations, concentrated in five study centres. Each work station has a Pentium PC with a 17-inch colour monitor, a CD ROM drive, an Internet link and standard software like Microsoft Office. If you have a print card you can use the laser printer. You can have texts and illustrations scanned at the desk. You can register upon production of your student registration card. You receive a user name and password, so that you can log in at any work station.

Opening hours
Computer Centre BG5
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 237
Monday until Thursday 9.00-21.45 h
Friday 9.00-17.00 h
Saturday & Sunday 10.00-17.45 h

Computer Centre P.C.Hoofthuis
Spuistraat 134
Monday until Thursday 9.00-20.00 h
Friday 9.00-17.00 h

Computer Centre Roeterseiland
Roetersstraat 11-3rd floor
Monday 9.00-21.45 h
Tuesday and Wednesday 9.00-18.45 h
Thursday 9.00-21.45 h
Friday 9.00-17.00 h

Computer Centre OMHP
Oude Manhuispoort 4-6
Monday until Thursday 9.00-18.45 h
Friday 9.00-17.00 h

Computer Centre Bushuis
Kloveniersburgwal 48
Monday until Thursday 9.00-18.45 h
Friday 9.00-17.00 h

Computing in student rooms
Student rooms provided by the UvA on the Prinsengracht and the Prins Hendrikkade will be equiped for internet access.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Domain Analysis - Methods Assignment

Greetings all-

First, I want say that Julie and I are thrilled with the way ALL of your projects are progressing. You have all worked very hard and are producing amazing work. This is the last of the four methods exercises. Think of it as one more tool in your research toolbox and as an opportunity to have some fun.

1) Choose a site of social interaction and conduct a domain analysis. Your site of social interaction can be physical, textual, or virtual. The physical can be *any* location where people interact. Textual includes just about any medium, text (from policy to poetry), audio, video, etc. Virtual is anything online (reference Hine’s virtual ethnography). Think broadly—this can be anywhere you find social interaction or the representation of social interaction.

2) Use the structure provided in the Spradley reading. Feel free to interpret this structure liberally—and interpolate freely. This means let the structure inform your approach but take liberties to adapt it to your topic, site, and interests as well as to interpret your findings. Although it is not a requirement, consider a site that is related to your research project.

3) Blog the results from, and your experience with, the assignment. Note the affordances and limitations of the method.

4) Give a group presentation of your findings on Monday.

Our goal with these methods assignments is to equip you with skills that help you achieve success with your research AND to facilitate your exploration of Amsterdam.

We encourage you to work in your research groups for this assignment but it is not a requirement. The results from your last group activity were very exciting, however we recognize you are all busy so you can accomplish this assignment in your groups or individually.


1) Clarke Speed’s Lecture (mp3):
2) Hine (2005) Virtual Methods, Chapters 1 & 2,
3) James P. Spradley, "Making a Domain Analysis" from the book Participant Observation

Monday, May 08, 2006

Wed, May 10 Reading

Our guest speaker, Clarke Speed, Anthropology and International Studies, has provided a short reading in preparation for his talk this Wednesday. If you missed class on Wed, please stop by the Honors Suite front desk.

The reading is:
"Making a Domain Analysis" from the book Participant Observation by James P. Spradley

Friday, May 05, 2006

Urban Studies Methods Assignment

The goal of this assignment is to use the urban studies methods that you read about and the ideas presented by Professor Ryan, to explore possibilities related to your research topic. What I mean by possibilities is to explore and observe a setting in Seattle that will help you understand how to approach a similar setting in Amsterdam.

This experience should inform 1) the kinds of things you can learn from an urban place, 2) the way you will approach urban places in Amsterdam, and 3) perhaps even how you think about your research question.

For Monday each group (this is a group project) will need to:

- Choose a place in the city; a building, a public space, a neighborhood, an historical site, a piece of public art, etc.

- Meet at this place and explore, observe, inquire, and document (take notes, photographs, etc.)


1) blog your experience and how this way of data gathering might help you in Amsterdam

2) as a group, present what you found, what you learned, and how this approach informs your research in Amsterdam (or doesn’t).

A couple of things to note: An urban context can tell you things. Observing environmental behavior can tell you things. Places, built environments, are neutral about the questions you ask.

Professor Ryan provided a tremendous set of resourses for you. Along with an mp3 of his talk, you can find them on the course blog at “Guest Lecture Archives”. For those interested in people wrt your research, check out the link to “etic vs emic.”

And finally…

Get out now. Not just outside, but beyond the rap of the programmed electronic age so gently closing around so many people at the end of our century. Go outside, move deliberately, then relax, slow down, and look around. Do not jog. Do not run…Walk. Stroll. Saunter…Explore.