Visual anthropologists collaborate in manifold ways with people who are on the move, settling down or staying behind to document and analyse their situation. What are the advantages of working with images in these contexts? What are the experiences and which types of publication are most rewarding?
The processes of globalization and migration affect many people all over the world. They fuel many discussions on identity and belonging as well as on cultural and societal changes. At the same time, people are looking for new orientation or seeking to preserve certain traditions -back home and on the move. Communication is a key element for everyone involved and audio-visual means are essential in this context.
Visual and media anthropologists are studying these processes through the lens of different media. They are communicating with the people concerned in diverse ways and use audio-visual devices themselves. Additionally, they look for adequate forms to publish their findings. Hereby, not only the ways of collaboration but also new modes of audio-visual creation are at stake. Increasingly, experimental approaches are tested. This panel examines different research contexts and asks which kind of findings can be obtained by working with images. What do images contribute in the discourse on "Staying, Moving, Settling"? In what ways are images offering people the means to handle their situation and which new insights can researchers gain from that?