The USM Department of Geography-Anthropology will offer a 3-week Summer Field Program in historical cultural ecology on the Caribbean island of Antigua. With a human past that dates back more than 4,000 years, Antigua has been home to indigenous Americans (fisher-foragers and then village agriculturalists), followed by immigrants from Europe, forced immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, and, since Emancipation in the 19th century, by Afro-Caribbean people and a smaller number of Euro-Americans. As they arrived in this oceanic island, each of these peoples had to adapt their traditions and practices to the demands and opportunities afforded by this new habitat.
Students in the field program will be introduced to these processes of cultural adaptation, both historically and in the present day. In a series of hands-on experiences, participants will learn to employ field methods and analytical tools from cultural ecology to better understand how human groups interact with the broader ecosystem. In coordination with the Antigua National Park and the Antigua National Museum, students will participate in applied research projects that help to conserve and protect the natural and historical resources of this island nation.
Following two days of introductory classes on the USM campus, students will travel to Antigua by air for the three-week field program. During the program, participants will live in accommodations rented by the program in and around Falmouth Village and English Harbour in the semi-arid southeastern part of the islands.
Enrollment is by application and is open to all students in good standing who have completed 60 or more college credits. All interested students are encouraged to apply.