A challenge for contemporary anthropology is learning to project itself towards the future. Yet, how can we envision what cannot yet be heard, seen or felt? The EASA2016 audio-visual programme addresses this quest approaching media as a terrain of experimentation with novel ways for exploring the world, welcoming a wide array of presentation formats.
A core challenge for contemporary anthropology is learning to project itself, its past and legacies, towards future scenarios. Yet, how can we envision the future? How can we envision what cannot yet be heard, seen or felt? How do societies and cultures engage with this unpredictable notion? We believe that audio-visual media play a central role in this quest. Media is a terrain of experimentation with novel ways for exploring the social and material world, for teaching and for communicating our research results with the scientific community and the outer world. Media inscribe the future in our ongoing dialogues between the present and our disciplinary past. The audio-visual programme of the 14th EASA Biennial Conference will offer a window onto the variety of possibilities for conducting, teaching and communicating anthropological research that characterize contemporary and possible future scenarios. Acknowledging the extent to which anthropological audio-visual practices today are largely entangled with the technologies, practices and modalities of communication that can be found in other fields we have, for the first time in EASA’s history, opened up the program to a broad range of formats, including, besides ethnographic documentary film also ethnographic fiction films and ethnographic short films, installations, photo essays, soundscapes, interactive documentaries, non-linear productions, videogames, drawings, embodied technologies, visual performances, etc. The program will hence be divided into two strands: * the “films” will be shown in a devoted auditorium during the whole programme * the “presentations”, i.e. displays of audio-visual work of non-linear, interactive, multimodal and performative nature. The programme also curates the incorporation of live ethnographic drawing during the Early Career Scholars’ Forum and hosts a roundtable on curating. The detailed programme will appear on the site shortly. If you have an accepted presentation please send your visual materials before the 8th of July 2016 to: Prof. Ivan Bargna, Università di Milano Bicocca, Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, 20156 Milano, Italy. The film programme of the 14th EASA Biennial Conference elaborates upon the dialogue between established and novel ways of making ethnographic films. It will hence host a variety of different formats including feature length films, short films and fiction films each addressing either directly or in a more implicit fashion the key question of the conference, i.e. human futures. A few selected films will also be followed by a Q&A with the author.