In calling for the contemporary exploration of gender in our discipline, this panel explores the value in and of the theoretical approaches to, methodological considerations and wider inclusion of gender in anthropological written and visual materials.
The concept of gender and the employment of visual methods have both been widely discussed in ethnographic research (Butler 2006, El-Guindi 2004, Gutmann 1996, Mahmood 2001, Mulvey 1975, Pink 2007). Seeking to explore the links between gender, researcher, methodology and ethnography, this panel examines the means by which ethnographic research that engages with visual and other sensory media can and does generate understandings of gender as a concept, a lived experience and ways of seeing and being in the world. Evaluating these links can provide important insights to what type of knowledge anthropologists can produce that adds significant contributions to literature in new and impactful ways, and papers presented in this panel explores such contributions through the recollection and analysis of the researcher's personal experiences in the field, while writing up and presenting their findings. This panel posits the following sets of questions: If we seek to measure values in and of anthropological research, how do approaches to and an analysis of gender help us to achieve these values? And, how, when, by whom and for what purpose is value determined? What values can anthropologists bring to the discipline and their research participants, especially those who conduct their fieldwork with visual materials? We aim to include contributions from those working in gender around the world who incorporate forms of visual and audio materials - film, photography, paintings, graphics, among many others - in their methodologies and in the presentation of their research.