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Message posted on 06/08/2018

EASA conference: Panels and events interesting for visual and media anthropologists

Dear list members,

the EASA conference next week in Stockholm offers various panels, labs and a film programme which might be interesting for visual and media anthropologists. See list below.

Difficult to find in the EASA program are the Network meetings. The Media Anthropology Network Meeting will be Thursday, 15.8 from 17-18:45 in room S-D307 The Visual Anthropology (VANEASA) Network Meeting will be Friday, 16.8 from 19-20:30 in room S-D207

EASA Film programme you find here: https://easaonline.org/conferences/easa2018/films

EASA panels (P078) Working with images in (un-)stable times [VANEASA] https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6559 Visual anthropologists collaborate in manifold ways with people who are on the move, settling down or staying behind to document and analyse their situation. What are the advantages of working with images in these contexts? What are the experiences and which types of publication are most rewarding? (P077) Death, mourning, and commemoration through shifting landscapes [VANEASA] https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6617 We focus on the visual representations of death as well as mourning and commemoration practices in the wake of migrations, displacements, settlements and readjustments following epochal shifts, e.g. wars, socialism, colonialism, and their post-cursors, in communities left behind and receiving ones. (P074) Negotiating imaginaries: explorations of vernacular audiovisual production https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6575 This panel will discuss ethnographic possibilities for approaching the relevant fields of "vernacular" audiovisual practices and archives. Focusing on field-based research we will explore how these videos are produced from an economic, political and aesthetic perspective. (P075) Grace: Unexpected moments in ethnographic films https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6663 This panel invites anthropologists to explore moments of unexpected wonder in ethnographic film. We wish to understand how such moments are related to the specific modes of cultural critique that can be produced in film. (P096) Aesthetic Encounters: The Politics Of Moving And (Un)settling Visual Arts, Design And Literature https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6340 The panel explores the politics of moving and (un)settling visual arts, design and literature. Reflecting encounters of conflicting authority, knowledge and aesthetics ranging from curating to publishing, it also considers impacts on methods and writing genres, market, materiality and globalization. (P076) The Visual Art of Refugees: expressions of flight and exile [Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network Panel] https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6333 In this panel we seek anthropological works that introduce and reflect on the rich repertoire of refugees visual productions and art expressions. Panel participants should address how anthropology of visual art intersects with the scholarship of refugees, exile, and border crossing. (P098) Art and Nativism [Anthropology and the Arts Network] https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6521 Over the last years, we witnessed a spread of nativist movements across the globe. Reacting to perceived threats of migration and globalisation, they frequently stress nation and belonging. What can we learn from the relations between art, identity, and mobility to think through such movements? (P067) The Digital Turn: New Directions in Media Anthropology [Media Anthropology Network] https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6386 This panel recognizes the digital turn as a paradigm shift in the anthropological study of media, and aims to push further the ethnographic knowledge into the role that digital media play in people's everyday life and broader sociopolitical transformations. (P068) Imaginaries, Media and Tourism https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6687 This panel seeks research on the new ways tourist imaginaries are constructed and exchanged, with a focus on new forms of ritualized mediation (like the social media) emphasizing increased participation and feedback, in commercial as well as in personal communications.

EASA Labs which might be interesting for visual and media anthropologists: https://easaonline.org/conferences/easa2018/labs (L001) Stories that settle and move: surprise, humour and reciprocal trust in anthropological storytelling https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/7029 The lab explores the power of anthropological storytelling to move beyond space and across time drawing on the magic of ethnographic surprise. (L002) A lab on labs: documenting open formats [#Colleex network] https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/7030 Let's explore the experimental, heterodox and imaginative world of labs and open formats that get us together. We will discuss their relevance as pedagogical spaces for ethnographic experimentation and the need to document these methodologies so that they may travel, learnt and reproduced elsewhere. (L006) Should I stay, or should I go? Teaching about migration choices with digital ethnographies [TAN] https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/7034 The reasons why people move and settle somewhere new are often poorly understood by those who never get to make such choices. This collaborative lab asks participants to explore what these reasons may be through a collaborative gaming session of The Long Day of Young Peng, a digital ethnography. To participate, please contact a.e.pia(at)lse.ac.uk by the 13th of August. Participants should bring their own laptops or preferred web-browsing devices. (L008) An imaginative 'doing' workshop https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/7036 Art-based methods are increasingly used to capture the more-than-human, more-than-textual, multisensual realities of contemporary fieldwork. In this lab, we experience how these methods can help us - as scholars - as a practice of knowledge through four imaginative exercises. (L009) Migration of gestures: the process of decoding Indian dance mudras in Christian context https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/7037 This lab offers the chance to go through the process of decoding I experienced during my research about the gestures of Indian dance and their migration in the Christian context. This method involves embodiment, elicitation and drawing. To participate, please preregister via mcmortillaro(at)gmail.com (L012) The conference as sensorial field site: embodying knowledge dissemination, recording experience https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/7040 In order to tend to the phenomenology of producing and sharing knowledge, this lab engages the conference through sensorial ethnography. It consists of a research experiment focused on how we inhabit the spaces of EASA '18. Our collective output will feature as an episode in the City Talks podcast. N.B.! interested participants should get in touch with convenors beforehand via carolina.frossard(at)gmail.com and s.e.gilsing(at)uu.nl (L013) Working with translocal families and children: experimenting with visual, artwork and participatory methodologies https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/7041 Convenors have worked ethnographically for many years with children in translocal families. We invite lab participants to engage with each other in hands-on learning, working with creative, experimental, and participatory methodologies that reach out to the lived experience of people on the move. (L014) Following mobilities through digital media: a toolbox for digital ethnographers https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/7042 This workshop invites ethnographic researchers who seek to understand the role of media practices in mobile cultures. Attendees will reflect on experimental forms of gathering and presenting data from digital media platforms and craft methodologies for researching digital mobilities. Please email christian.ritter(at)ntnu.no and m.humbracht(at)surrey.ac.uk) to participate! (L015) Skin and body movement lab https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/7043 This practical workshop will investigate the body and boundaries, focusing on the skin as a porous surface marked by experience. How to extend ways of thinking and feeling with the skin? We will move, listen, talk and question through movement and mark-making. (L016) Bodies-in-motion: experiencing the role of 'moving' in anthropological praxis [AnthroMob] https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/7044 This outdoor lab allows participants to acknowledge and challenge issues of pace, rhythm, tempo, velocity and flow surrounding their own movements as well as the people, 'things' and contexts circulating around them, be it during fieldwork or while teaching. Pre-registration is mandatory.

I am looking forward to meet you in Stockholm Best wishes Beate Engelbrecht

Dr. Beate Engelbrecht Co-ordinator of the Visual Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists VANEASA beate.engelbrecht[at]sowi.uni-goettingen.de http://www.easaonline.org/networks/vaneasa/ http://www.vaneasa.eu

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