The outbreak of the Corona virus has major implications for musicians and musical practices. Venues are closed, gigs and festivals cancelled and economic impacts might be devastating. On the positive side, the shutdown has has also given rise to an unprecedented visibility of musical practices in online contexts. It is almost impossible to not come across a concert on Facebook or Instagram these days.  

Let's not forget that the virus affects us as (future) researchers: face-to-face teaching has been suspended and collaborations with musicians and music industries have come to a hold. In this course, we will try to make the best of the current situation. Could there be a more apt point in time to learn how to conduct ethnographic research in online contexts? 

This course will introduce you to the basics of online ethnography. It equips you with qualitative methods suitable for online contexts (participant observation, interviewing techniques), you will chose your own field sites (feel free to start gathering ideas right away!), reflect on the ethics of research on the net and apply the theoretical knowledge in a hands-on approach. And lastly, you can also practice writing an ethnography.