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Study Abroad with Sociology

Santiago de Compostela: Pilgrimage Research

Professor Jenkins, Chair of the Sociology Department, together with Professor George Greenia of Modern Languages and Literatures, took students on a research study abroad program to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain (http://www.wm.edu/sites/pilgrimage/index.php). Students walked the Pilgrimage trail and conducted original research on a number of topics. Sociology student Sarah Gaspari (second from left in photo), wrote a paper titled, “Navigating the Private and Shared Pilgrimage,” based on interviews with Pilgrims and participant observation methods. Dorothy Edwards (first on the right) wrote a paper titled, “Doing Motherhood on the Camino,” using ethnographic methods as well. Sarah and Dorothy, along with their fellow students, presented their research in Spain to researchers from Santiago de Compostela and will present polished versions of their papers at the fall Symposium on Pilgrimage studies hosted by the William & Mary Pilgrimage Institute an Oct. 12-14, 2012.