Collaboratively assembling persons 
Ina Dietzsch (University of Marburg)
Gareth Hamilton (University of Latvia)
Bob Simpson (Durham University)
Invited panels
Start time:
1 August, 2014 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

Collaboration suggests an act in the plural, with an entity other than oneself. Welcoming ethnographic and theoretic papers, this panel aims to investigate, how this entity - be it human or other, partial or holistic - is constructed and collaborated with, pre-, post- and during such collaboration.

Long Abstract

Collaboration suggests an act in the plural, with an entity other than oneself. This panel aims to investigate, how this entity, be it human or other, is constructed and collaborated with. Authors such as Rapport ("Anyone"), Fernandez ("Pronominalism"), Carrithers ("Rhetoric of Personhood"), or Dunn ("Person-making") have suggested theoretically how this occurs in both exceptional situations and in more mundane, quotidian events and practices. The many cases in which collaboration amongst strangers occurs reach from Internet communication and forming groups of activists to creating a re-assembled body in the case of organ donation. Life might even force people to collaborate temporarily and unknowingly with those with whom they do not intend, to reach certain common aims. In all cases though, these entities - whether human or other, partial or holistic - are presented, represented and imagined in various ways. This occurs pre-, post- or during such collaboration by a variety of expressive means as well as by individuals or groups. The panel invites papers that either ethnographically enhance knowledge about particular cases or theoretically elaborate on ways in which collaborative actors assemble persons (or fail to do so). Whatever the outcome, they might use, re-write, re-establish, stabilize or undermine categories such as culture, class or other differences. Precisely how are these differences in vernacularly-ascribed categories dealt with by those who must come and work together? How are collaborators addressed, and how are they assembled for such purposes? What role do third parties, or technologies such as the media, play?

Accepted papers: