W049
Audio-visual representation and cultural diversity

Convenors:
Beate Engelbrecht (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)
Susanne Hammacher (√úbersee-Museum Bremen)
Catarina Alves Costa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Chair:
Catarina Alves Costa
Location:
0.30
Start time:
28 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Cultural diversity can be recorded by audio-visual means. Audio-visual representations are part of the diversity of cultural expressions. Everybody can create such representations. Anthropologists are using them increasingly. Which are the theoretical, methodological and practical consequences?

Long abstract:

Diversity can be seen in cultural expressions of different areas. Diversity can be a consequence of differences in religions, ethnicities or other sub-cultural groupings. Diversity arises from the creative expression of individuals or groups. The richness and varieties of culture can be represented by audio-visual means. The processes of imaging cultural diversity, of recording cultural expression, might be quite different depending on who is doing it (authorship), for what purpose and which audience. The production of images itself can be conceived as a cultural process. Questions of diversity of representation strategies enface a globalisation of communication means arise. There are various ways for using the recordings. Anthropologist analyse them, they integrate them into their teaching or use them in order to communicate their findings/research results (for communicating their findings). Others use them also in quite diverse contexts. The work with audio-visuals implies manifold forms of collaboration and processes of transformation. As a consequence, new theoretical, methodological and practical concepts are developed.