Anthropology of movement: a road map 
Andrei Golovnev (Kunstkamera (MAE RAS))
Nikolay Kradin (Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnology, Far-Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences,)
Living landscapes: Nomadic and Sedentary/Paysages vivants: Nomadique et sédentaire
DMS 3105
Start time:
2 May, 2017 at 13:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

How to understand a movement in personal and social behavior by means of science and arts? Rhythmic pattern of behavior combining stability and mobility, including strategies on spatial control, could be recorded in spatial-temporal dimensions

Long Abstract:

Anthropology of movement emerged in junction of science and art, anthropology and cinematograph, can hardly be framed as complete list of subjects and methods, since the phenomenon embraces variety of activity from gesture to geopolitics. Methodologically, the main focus on dynamic scenarios and sequences in anthropology and history suggests special attention to 'motive-decision-action' algorithm. Stability and mobility create rhythmic pattern of human behavior that could be viewed and recorded in spatial-temporal dimensions, or indiscrete spatial-temporal sequence. Individual and social tracks and trajectories provide new approaches for anthropological and historical interpretation, understanding strategies of spatial (including social) control, patterns of communications, personal schemes of activity, etc.

Movement (motion) in personal and social behavior requests adequate methods of recording, and visual anthropology, among others, is expected to share its experience. Perhaps, most evident protagonists on the scene are nomads with their explicit design of movement. Research agenda of the anthropology of movement comprises the issues of dynamics/statics, sustainability/changeability, drivers of activity and conveyance of signals in bio-, psycho-, and socio-dimensions. Visualization is a method of research and presentation of the matrix and scenarios of movement and navigation providing applied function of the anthropology of movement.

The penal solicits potential participants to bring into discussion the experiences and case studies including: (1) Patterns of spatial control; (2) Similarity and variety of settled and nomadic activity and mentality; (3) New approaches and tools to record and research the mobile behavior. Participants are encouraged to discuss the experience acquired and the ways of search ahead.

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