Experimenting with methods in critical affective research

Anton Nikolotov (Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, Humboldt University)
Omar Kasmani (Free University)
Manja Stephan-Emmrich (Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin)
Judith Albrecht (Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin)
Carlo A. Cubero (Tallinn University)
VG 4.106
Start time:
27 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:

Short abstract:

The aim of the workshop is to highlight the analytical apertures that experimental and sensory methods, concepts and schemata have to offer to ethnographic research and, specifically, to the study of affect of dwelling.

Long abstract:

At least since the early 2000s voices in socio-cultural anthropology have identified and called for important shifts in the modes of ethnographic practice making it a much more collective and collaborative endeavour of public criticism, interventions and future orientated speculations (Estalella and Sanchez-Criado 2016; Ingold 2014; Marcus and Holmes 2008; Marcus 2013;). If much of the discourse of the 1980s and 1990s focused on the politics of representation and critiques of positivism in academic texts, the current, emerging post-Writing-Culture moment is much more concerned with the encounters, relations and epistemologies in fieldwork that complicate the boundaries between the researcher and the researched. Such emerging research practices push disciplinary limits and question epistemological foundations of knowledge production. Starting from here, we wish to critically examine the relations between different experimental research methods, tactics, and strategies as well as the research ecologies they produce, considering also the impact of various media and digitization. The workshop further inquires how experiential and sensory-focused research can contribute or hinder forms of ethico-political engagements with the subjects in the field and allow or limit novel forms of affective relations and representations.