P36
Anthropology and self-representation
Convenors:
Antonella Passani (Sapienza University, Rome)
Giulia Grechi (University L'Orientale in Naples)
Ana MarĂ­a Forero Angel (University of los Andes)
Location:
Wills 3.33
Start time:
7 April, 2009 at 9:15
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The panel will explore the relationship between anthropology, archaeology and self-representation. Papers are invited on this issue, so that the debate may be linked with different and complementary research experiences.

Long abstract:

The panel will explore the relationship between anthropology, archaeology and self-representation. Special attention will be given to linking the theoretical debate - focusing on the usage of images in social sciences - with different research experiences. In presenting the results of their field researches the convenors will discuss the use made of self-representation and will delineate points of strength and weaknesses of such a methodological approach. The panel will suggests special attention should be given to the role played by visual images in representing otherness and will then try to delineate how visual representation can be incorporated into our research practices in the present period. Images, as never before, have a central role in social processes and can be understood as a powerful medium of intercultural communication. During the panel, the work of Prof. Massimo Canevacci will be presented who has dedicated extensive attention to the theme of self-representation and made an inportant usage of it in a recent work dedicated to the Bororo funeral (Brasil). It will be interesting to match the work made in the Bororo community with that of the other convenors that will introduce their experiences about contemporary artists, second-generation children and Colombian State representation. We invite all those who may be interested this area, whether archaeologists or anthropologists, to join us in our consideration of representation and image.