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Message posted on 20/07/2020

EASA2020: Tomorrow 21 July Drawing Lab

If you are joining EASA 2020, you may be interested in participating in this drawing lab tomorrow:

L11 Artistic explorations of ageing and technology: drawing as elicitation method

Tuesday 21 July, 11:00-12:45 BST

Laura Haapio-Kirk (University College London (UCL))

Georgiana Murariu (UCL)

Discussant: Jay Sokolovsky

Visual elicitation methods in anthropology have tended towards film and photography (Collier, 1957), with drawing taking a backseat and used more as a tool for documentation and reflexivity for the ethnographer (Causey, 2017). Yet participatory drawing can also be a powerful way to elicit research participants' thoughts and feelings in non-verbal media which can be especially helpful when approaching intimate and affective topics. This lab will include a short presentation about using drawing to explore one such topic: ageing and the life course - specifically the way in which ageing is increasingly being experienced with various technologies ranging from mHealth to telemedicine providing care at a distance. The presentation will feature examples from recent fieldwork conducted for the Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing project, based at UCL. During the online workshop participants will be asked to produce a quick sketch which will form the basis of group discussion. So ple ase have pen and paper ready! This session will be an opportunity to reflect on our own experiences of ageing and technology, and to think about how drawing can aid ethnographic enquiry. We will conclude with a debate about the merits of participatory visual approaches in fieldwork, especially with regard to exploring the topics of ageing and technology.

Please pre-register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSlQzNev3H2EbdEE3cxJA571ffnyF9i-qycIRX0928rOuvOg/viewform?usp=sf_link

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