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P068


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Live Recording  
Anthropological method(ologies) 30 years on: challenges and prospects in the age of 'safety' and 'big data' [organised with the Arab Council for Social Sciences]
Convenors:
Patricia Scalco (University of Helsinki)
Samar Kanafani (Ethnography and Knowledge Collective)
Zina Sawaf (Lebanese American University)
Format:
Panels
Time zone:
UTC+1
Sessions:
Thursday 23 July, 11:00-12:45

Short abstract:

In tune with the celebration of EASA's 30th anniversary, this panel seeks to reflect on the current state-of-the-art, and future directions of anthropological methods and methodologies in the light of new institutional, epistemological, material and political sensibilities.

Long abstract:

The current atmosphere of increasing political and institutional constraints exerted upon ethnographic research under the rubric of 'safety', 'ethics' and 'data protection' has revitalised anthropology's attention on research methods. Taking stock of the paramount significance of these debates, and in tune with the celebration of EASA's 30th anniversary, this panel seeks to reflect on the current state-of-the-art, and future directions of anthropological methods and methodologies in the light of new institutional and epistemological shifts and challenges. Situating anthropological methods and practices in the context of emerging forms of knowledge production, use and dissemination, we reflect on changes in the 'doing' of anthropology in the past and present, from implications of technological change and data processing, to new forms of collaboration, and to the development of anthropological thinking and writing under ever-changing material, institutional and political sensibilities. Focusing on methodological practices, the panel seeks to develop critical insights on current and future directions of anthropology and its methods through contributions that contemplate but are not limited to: Conceptualisations, implementations, limitations and innovations associated with core anthropological method(ologies) in an era of 'big-data' Roles, potentialities and shortcomings of ethnography and anthropological insight in the context of competing appraisals of 'multi-scalable', 'impactful' forms of 'knowledge' Insights and potential concerns regarding the use of anthropological method(ologies) in the context of other disciplines and fields of practice. Impacts of the changing material, political and institutional sensibilities on anthropological method(ologies).