On April 26th, 2015, the students of “ANTH447H1 Ethnographic Practicum: Metropolis” course directed by Dr. Joshua Barker, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto hosted their first Scan-a-thon event.
As part of a long-term research project on the cultures and people of Toronto’s Kensington Market, eleven undergraduate and 4 graduate students got together at Red Pepper at 160 Baldwin street to showcase the results of their semester-long ethnographic research projects.
They also invited residents of the market and research participants to come in and share old photographs and other memorabilia related to their lives in the market.
They scanned the documents and uploaded them to the Ethnography Lab’s online archive, hosted by the University of Toronto Library’s DataVerse system. At the same time, they interviewed the donors to get a sense of the history and context of the photographs and documents.
Over the course of years to come, these documents will enrich our understanding of what makes Kensington Market such a unique place in Toronto and Canada.
Students of the metropolis course, Dan Gelinas, Katherine Achacoso, and Stephanie Wighton, produced a brief video documenting some of the insights they gathered about their various Kensington Market research sites, including Ronnie’s Local 069 Bar, Graffiti’s Bar & Grill, along with various residences and street locales.
For more information about the Ethnography Lab or the Kensington Market Research Project, contact:
Ethnography Lab Coordinator