Reflexivity, uncertainty and criticism: the power of new visuality 
László Kürti (University of Miskolc)
Beate Engelbrecht (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)
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Short Abstract:

We want to discuss new visual narratives and techniques (autovideography, digital newspapers, 3D mobile photographs, computer animation vs machinima, image databases, virtual exhibits and performances, remixes, mashups) to investigate the state of visual anthropology.

Long Abstract

Visual narratives and techniques are a constitutive part of our thinking about culture. For example, Hamid Naficy has coined the term accented cinema and Laura Marks proposes haptic visuality; Christina Grasseni conceptualizes visual enskillment; Sarah Pink investigates the notion of "new digital amateur photographic practices," while others have suggested transdisciplinary visuality for the 21st century; still others have addressed recently questions about participatory visual methodologies and visual activism. There are, to be sure, a host of new visual technologies offering alternatives to previous anthropological "ways of looking." What are we - anthropologists working with visuals - to make all this? Do we accept Paul Virilio''s notion of newshound and the western ocularcentrism? How new technologies - such as for instance autovideography, digital newspapers, 3D mobile photographs, computer animation vs machinima, image databases (Vimeo, Flickr etc), virtual exhibits and performances, remixes, mashups - influence our ways of thinking about images, ourselves or others? How do we make sense of these newly invented ideas and technologies not only for our private or everyday practices but also for anthropological enquiry in general? In addition to inquiring into various historical and anthropological narratives of current notions of visuality, and we invite both studies on particular visual narratives as well as meta-analyses on cultural practices and issues in the global realm.

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