W049
Crisis and imag(e)ination: visual studies in and about crisis

Convenors:
Beate Engelbrecht (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)
Nadine Wanono ( IMAf- CNRS)
Location:
Auxilia AX2
Start time:
25 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

The current economic, political, and cultural crisis and its domino effect and the interconnectedness of the consequences, provides Audio-Visual Anthropological Studies with an opportunity to reflect on ethical, political, aesthetical and technical issues facing our discipline, while our fields of research approach new territories, defined by geopolitical boundaries or by epistemological frontiers.

Long abstract:

The way Visual Anthropology has been recognized as a discipline and its evolution towards new fields of research reflect on the vivid and unlimited imagination, which characterizes our field. From a more general standpoint, audio-visual studies are deeply concerned with the globalization process, not just from a technical point of view, but also with regard to conflicts, ethics and individual or collective identities. Since the world economic and political situation has a direct influence on our approach to our field of research, we propose collaborations with communities based on emergent forms of communication and interactions with the community (blogs, social networking sites, etc). The diversity and the multicultural aspects of the societies we work with, require a close re-examination of the audio-visual means used to represent multi-ethnic identities and innovative strands to refresh the representation process we are usually involved with. Paradoxically, the flow of pictures and sounds produced on computers, mobile phones and GPS and distributed on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc. while trivializing the uses of audiovisual messages, simultaneously inspires the creation of new forms of enquiry, collective data sharing, collaborative methodologies and also the circulation of new tools of communication and representation using open source software. We are looking for papers that reflect on how the present economic, political, ethical and technical crisis have shaped and influenced visual anthropology, our discipline. We would also be interested in papers that address the way visual anthropology, by introducing imaginative and innovative strategies to properly render the complexity of political, economical and cultural exchanges, are actively challenging the boundaries of our discipline.

Accepted Papers: