Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Methods Workshop

Cultural Consensus Analysis: Theory, Method and Applications

Bielefeld, June 21 - 22, 2012

Facilitator: John B. Gatewood (Lehigh University)

One of the aims of the research group was to address interested young scholars who are interested in methods relevant for both anthropology and the wider cognitive sciences. This methods-course provided the opportunity to learn and discuss methodological concerns pertaining particularly to the sub-field of cognitive anthropology. 30 participants, mainly young anthropologists from universities in Germany attended the two-day event. The first day consisted of presentations by Professor Gatewood. He began by situating cultural consensus theory within the history of anthropological thinking about culture-sharing. After explaining the mathematical details of the formal consensus model, he discussed several examples of empirical research using cultural consensus analysis. The focus of the second day was learning how to use Anthropac, a free software package for doing cultural domain analyses, as well as consensus analysis. The day began with participants themselves doing some free listing, pile sort, and triadic comparison tasks. Professor Gatewood then reviewed how to record and enter these kinds of data in Anthropac's file format. Participants spent the rest of the day becoming familiar with capabilities of the software package, such as calculating aggregate proximity matrices from pile sort data, then doing multi-dimensional scaling and cluster analysis of the 'agprox' matrix and consensus analysis of the 'indprox' matrices.


Ulrike Auge | Berlin | DEU, Kathrin Bauer | Hamburg | DEU, Bettina Beer | Luzern | CHE, Sieghard Beller | Freiburg i.Br. | DEU, Andrea Bender | Freiburg i.Br. | DEU, Catherine M Cameron | Allentown, PA | USA, Thomas Friedrich | Köln | DEU, York Hagmayer | London | GBR, Felix Haupts | Hamburg | DEU, Franziska Herbst |Heidelberg | DEU, Björn Herold | Hamburg | DEU, Christian Klingler | Bonn | DEU, Andreas Daniel Kopietz | Heidelberg | DEU, Jana Koshy | Wuppertal | DEU, Catherine Letcher Lazo | Bonn | DEU, Julia Linn | Göttingen | DEU, Leonie Pabst | Freiburg i.Br. | DEU, Petra Panenka | Nussbaumen | CHE, Robin Rieprich | Hamburg | DEU, Raphael Ripka | Berlin | DEU, Maren Rössler | Hamburg | DEU, Jana Samland | Nettingen | DEU, Gabriel Scheidecker |Berlin | DEU, Julia Schmidt | Berlin | DEU, Katja Schönbein | Freiburg i.Br. | DEU, Christopher Topp | Bochum | DEU, Svenja Völkel | Rüsselsheim | DEU, Michael Waldmann | Göttingen | DEU, Dörte Weig | Köln | DEU, Anastasia Weiß | Hamburg | DEU, Thomas Widlok | Nimwegen | NLD

Program and Preparatory Information

Program (PDF)

Background literature for the workshop:

Further literature references can be found on John Gatewood's homepage.

Technical note:
ANTHROPAC is a DOS-based program written by Steve Borgatti. It is available, free of charge, at Analytictech. It will run on Windows XP, 98, and 95 operating systems, but not on newer versions of Windows. The easiest solution for Windows 7-users is to run ANTHROPAC under the Windows-version of DOSBox, another free program. Prof. Gatewood is not familiar with Mac or Linux operating systems, but there should be ways to run ANTHROPAC on these, either through a built-in DOS-emulator or by installing the appropriate version of DOSBox.

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