Message posted on 20/01/2022

Fwd: CFP RAI: Towards an anthropology of future images: ethics, politics, and creativity

Dear colleagues,

I would like to invite you to consider the possibility of submitting a paper to the panel Towards an anthropology of future images: ethics, politics, and creativity (P13) which will be part of the conference Anthropology, AI and the Future of Human Society (RAI) to be held 6 to 10 June 2022 online. -of-human-society/programme#11151

Call for Papers opens 13 December 2021 and closes on 25 February 2022

Here is the information about the panel:

Short abstract:

Most of current “images” do not fit the classic representational paradigm. How can we ethnographically study the relationships that people weave with these new “visual agents”? Can we use emerging visual forms to do, “write” and disseminate anthropology in a more ethical, creative and critical way? Long Abstract

Images used to be defined as visual signs or representations of the outside world. Yet this definition can be hardly applied to most of the “images” with which we interact nowadays. This is the case of “predictive images” generated by AI which “show” us how we will look like in the future; or of “images” made by scientists of what is not directly visible (DNA or the outer space). "Deep fakes" allow old photographs to “speak” and “move” –although they may also be a weapon for misinformation and hate speech. Our day-today life is saturated by graphics, curves and diagrams which appear as “objective” accounts of the world (while they are often a form of social control): we are in the age of visual data.

The emergence of these new visual forms raises original challenges for an anthropology of (and through) images. The first one is "theoretical": What is an "image" today? What kind of “images” should an anthropology of the future tackle? The second one refers to methodology: how can we ethnographically study the ways in which people from different socio-cultural milieu interact with these “new” images? Finally, the emergence of this visual regime prompts us to imagining new ways of “writing” and disseminating anthropology in a more ethical and creative way. Could we use AI for making “ethnographic films”, experiments with drawings or immersive exhibitions? How?

This panel welcomes papers addressing issues related to the anthropology of/with (post)images, specially those combining a "theoretical" and an "applied" approach.

Below you will find all the necessary information for submitting your paper.

Thank you,


Dr. Roger Canals (Phd)

Professor Agregat / Associate Professor

PI ERC-Consolidator Grant: Visual Trust. Reliability, accountability and forgery in scientific, religious and social images (2021-2026)

Anthropologist and Filmmaker

Departament d'Antropologia Social

Universitat de Barcelona

C/Montalegre 6, 08001, Barcelona.

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Tel: (0034)934037751

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