Cre01
The art and sensibility of being ethnographic: moral responsibility and future orientations

Convenors:
James Oliver (Monash University)
Sarah Pink (Monash University )
Stream:
Creative practice
Location:
McMahon Ball Theatre
Start time:
4 December, 2015 at 11:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This one-day panel centres on a practice as research workshop, through which participants will present and co-create propositions (statements/performances/video/sound), for a creative public anthropology.

Long abstract:

Creative practice has always been at the heart of ethnographic practice, and retains an enduring aim, articulated through the reflexive turn of the 1980s, 'to open up its future possibilities… in an attempt to come to terms with the politics and poetics of cultural representation' (Clifford and Marcus 1986: vii-viii). Thus setting a continuing moral agenda for anthropology that attends to representation through questions of aesthetics and power. More recently with an increasing but contested broader recognition in the academy of creative practice as research, the tensions, poetics and politics of theory and practice have come to the fore. Taking this context as background this workshop explores the role of creative practice as a moral responsibility for a public anthropology, in order to explore the possible. Is there an imperative to do/make things with anthropology for the public? How do we activate (shared) stories in practical ways so that they can do some work in the world? Is creative ethnographic work 'sensible' for public engagements with knowing/not knowing? How might we harness the uncertainty that lies at the core of both ethnographic and creative practice to create a future-oriented applied and public anthropology that goes beyond the constraints of conventional anthropological practice? This panel centres on a practice as research workshop, through which participants will present and co-create propositions (statements/performances/video/sound), for a creative public anthropology. Send abstracts (50words) for 5minute provocations for incorporation in the workshop. Submissions for a small film stream are welcome.