The panel brings together a growing international and interdisciplinary network of anthropologists engaged in the burgeoning field of multimodal ethnography to address issues related to the selection, curation, production, review, dissemination and consumption of audio-visual and other compositions.
Recent years have seen a burgeoning interest in multimodal research in anthropology, as well as cognate disciplines. As a visual, aural, inventive, artistic, and experimental practice that takes place within and beyond the academy, multimodal ethnography, calls for a new scholarship and pedagogical languages and practices to support its flourishing. While this field of research and practice has a long and diverse history, it is currently undergoing something of a 'coming of age' and we aim to explore this liminal space and its tropes. This panel brings together a growing international and interdisciplinary network of multimodal ethnographers, to address issues pertinent to the nurturing of this rapidly expanding field including but not limited to the role of the following in multimedia and multimodal anthropological compositions: the role of production, curation and re-presentation; the appreciation, re-view and feedback of audio-visual compositions; the sites of knowledge and power; the collaborative, transformative, and unfolding temporalities of production; audiences, publics, and other collectivities. The panel is supported by the online, open access journal entanglements: experiments in multimodal ethnography, and its growing network. The panel is also a precursor to an application for a more permanent 'multimodal ethnography' EASA network. The "Nearly Carbon Neutral" and pre-recorded presentation formats will be adopted so as to enable scholars, who may not have the means to attend, to participate, and to encourage creative presentations especially given the panel's focus on multimodality.