Field course, ENS-PSL (départements Art, Sciences sociales et Géographie)
The multidisciplinary workshop of La Souterraine is an intensive week during which 12 students from the ENS and the EHESS have to study the economic, social and environmental dynamics in a deindustrialised rural town. The students are asked to build photographic apparatus in order to show inequalities trends that social sciences and geography analyse.
The cumulativity of the work realised during each workshop is a central question. That is why the students are trained to use different software and computerise data from their field work in order to save them numerically. These data may be quantitative or qualitative and they are saved as interview transcriptions, ethnographic cases study or photography metadata on office suite software and on Archethno (a software developed to save ethnographic data).
By the end of the workshop, the students know how to computerise qualitative data from social sciences that have different format. They are also lead to think about the level of confidentiality of data they computerise (public, team or private levels).