L017
Getting dirty: activism, intervention and mobilising future anthropologies

Convenors:
Johannes Sjöberg (The University of Manchester)
Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston (York University )
Chair:
Sarah Pink
Format:
Labs
Location:
SO-F420
Start time:
17 August, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Laboratory participants will explore co-creative practice as a way of envisioning anthropology's moral responsibility in a critical context in workshops led by Sarah Pink, Magda Kazubowski-Houston and Johannes Sjöberg.

Long abstract:

"We are ethical, political and interventionist, and take responsibility for interventions." (Future Anthropologies Network Manifesto, 2014). In recent years, anthropologists have rethought how ethnographic practice might engage with and intervene global threats, uncertainties, and future mobilities. How do we get from our ethnographic practices and anthropological insights to concrete actions that engage individuals and communities? This laboratory explores what activism, intervention, and engagement can mean when we conceptualise ethnography as a radical research practice and what this means for how we do fieldwork with research participants, and co-create, represent, and disseminate our ethnographies. Through provocations, group work, and exercises that employ a variety of creative, arts-based, and new technology approaches, workshop participants will envision anthropology's moral responsibility. The laboratory will offer three workshops: "Silent Traces" explores silence as a wellspring of the uncertain and the speculative by archiving, story-telling, and performing "traces of silence" found in the streets of Stockholm, to discuss silence as an interventionist and imaginative ethnographic method. "SuperSwede" will engage projective improvisation to ask local participants to create their own super hero characters on murals, provoking ideas about transformation, urbanity and worldmaking, led and filmed by participating anthropologists. "Future Technologies" will explore how imagined and emerging future technologies - flying cars, new forms of machine intelligence, blockchain, drone technologies and more - might participate in anthropological interventions. After meeting up together at the beginning of the laboratory the participants will chose one of the three workshops that will run parallel to each other over two consecutive sessions.