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Message posted on 18/05/2018

Reminder: CfP: Panel "Digital Visuality" - Vienna Anthropology Days 2018

Dear All,

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting paper proposals to the panel "Digital Visuality" at the Vienna Anthropology Days 2018 (VANDA 2018) is 1 June 2018. If you get questions, please let me know.

All the best,


Vienna Anthropology Days 2018 September 19-22, 2018


Convenors Elke Mader and Philipp Budka (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna)

Visual communication and visual culture have been a research focus in social and cultural anthropology for quite some time (e.g. Banks & Ruby, 2011). With the advent of digital media and technologies, internet-based devices and services, mobile computing as well as software applications and digital platforms new opportunities and challenges have come to the forefront in anthropological research, education and communication of visuality (e.g. Pink, 2011). Digital media technologies have become ubiquitous means of visual communication, interaction and representation. For anthropology and its subdisciplines, such as digital, media and visual anthropology, it is of particular interest how people engage with digital media and technologies, how “the digital“ is embedded in everyday life and how it relates to different social practices and cultural processes in human societies. By considering changing sociocultural, political and economic contexts and through ethnographic fieldwork, a continuously growing number of anthropological projects is aiming for a better understanding of contemporary digital phenomena (e.g. Horst & Miller, 2012). This session contributes to these endeavours by inviting papers that focus on the visuality and visual aspects of digital life and culture. Papers could present ethnographic studies and discuss some of the following questions: What does “the digital” mean for visual anthropology and/or the (interdisciplinary) relationship between anthropological subdisciplines and other visual research fields? How does visual anthropology provide new perspectives on digital visuality? How do specific conceptual approaches contribute to the analysis and understanding of digital visuality (e.g. ritualization, performativity, representation, material culture, practice theory)? What theoretical concepts and analytical categories of sociality can be used to study (differences of) visual culture? How does digital visuality co-constitute and mediate cultural performances and rituals? How do digital platforms and social media services, such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat, and related practices constitute and change (visual) communication? How does digital visuality impact and redefine ethnographic research (e.g. research techniques, tools, ethics)? What are possible futures for digital visual anthropology and ethnography?

350 words abstract submitted via: https://vanda.univie.ac.at/program/call-for-papers/ Deadline: 1 June 2018

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