Right now the new graduate students to MUN's Department of Folklore are nearing the end of their second week of the Witless Bay Field School. This intensive round-the-clock research methods program is three weeks long and is taking place all around Witless Bay on the Southern Shore. The students are staying together in the local convent--a historic building with many rooms, two large staircases, a confession booth, and a chapel, which is serving as their classroom. It's also a building that is no stranger to communal living, so it's essentially perfect housing for the field school participants.
Over the past week, I visited the students a few times to check on their progress and provide a workshop on some of the data entry they will be doing when they are at the archiving stage of their work. Based on my time with them, I must say that I'm envious of the incredible experience they are having. I took a few photographs that I will share below, but they don't really convey the story of their lives in the convent. Lucky for us, the MA students are blogging about what they are learning and who they are meeting, so please follow them here:
|MA student Terra Barrett in her sleeping quarters.|
|Religious artifacts that come with the territory. |
|MA student Andrea McGuire as she explores the church next to the convent. |
|Dr. Pocius with some students as we check out the top floor of the Priest's house (currently for sale in Witless Bay!)|
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