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Message posted on 10/01/2020

Reminder: CfP EASA2020: Filming Futures: ethnographic film and future-making in critical contexts (Ramella, Sjöberg, Gruber, D'Onofrio) [FAN and VANEASA network panel]

[Reminder] Apologies for cross-posting!

Dear colleagues,

we wish to invite you to propose a paper to our panel at EASA 2020 in Lisbon on “Filming Futures”. The deadline to submit an abstract via EASA’s website is on January 20th, 2020. For the panel description see below or kindly visit: https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/easa2020/p/8709 You can propose a paper using this form: https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2020/conferencesuite.php/paperproposal/8709

Panel title: Filming Futures: ethnographic film and future-making in critical contexts

Co-Convenors: Anna Lisa Ramella (anna.ramella@uni-koeln.de ), Johannes Sjöberg (Johannes.Sjoberg@manchester.ac.uk ), Martin Gruber (gruber@uni-bremen.de ) Chair: Alexandra D'Onofrio

Panel Short abstract: This joint FAN and VANEASA panel will bring together scholars interested in ethnographic film methods engaging with research on futures and future-making. We invite participants to show ethnographic film clips of their own and others' as part of their papers, to spark critical discussion.

Panel Long abstract: Futures has become a central topic in anthropological research, sparking questions related to aspirations (Appadurai 2013), sustainability, risk, uncertainty and hope (Cook 2018). Future-making with the aim to improve one's life is an important asset in the study of migration, mobility and the anthropology of labour (Pine 2014). Media anthropologists approach new technologies including smart futures and AI. Environmental anthropologists study transformations associated with climate change and other environmental threats. Ethnographic film methods offer opportunities to conduct research through sensory and co-creative involvement with the participants. They can provide unique insights on how individual strategies are forged to meet futures through imagination, planning and action. We invite the panel participants to present their own and others' film clips as part of their papers to open up for a cinematic bartering and a critical debate on film and future-making in anthropology. How should we film futures and future-making practices? Which futures might we evoke through our ethnographic practices? Which ethical considerations do we have to make? How should we interact with participants and audiences when filming aspirations, sustainability, risk, uncertainty and hope? The combined papers and screenings will inspire discussions on critical aspects surrounding the study of futures and future-making in anthropology. The conceptual toolbox has to be scrutinised. Pasts and presents are intrinsically linked with futures and impossible to deal with separately. Concepts surrounding time are often ethnocentric and based on Western linear perceptions of time. Different approaches pose both challenges and possibilities for future collaborations between distinct disciplines.

Wishing you all the best for the holidays, and looking forward to receiving your proposals! Anna Lisa with Johannes, Martin and Alexandra

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ANNA LISA RAMELLA

Postdoctoral Research Fellow DFG-funded CRC Future Rural Africa University of Cologne

Co-convenor: Anthropology and Mobility Network (AnthroMob ) Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation (#COLLEEX )


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