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P082


New Horizons for Anthropological Authorship: Co-creation and the Production of Knowledge in Times of Global Change
Convenors:
Lee Douglas (New York University-Madrid)
Harsha Menon (Tufts University)
Discussant:
Carlo Cubero (Tallinn University)
Format:
Panels
Sessions:
Tuesday 21 July, 11:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00 (UTC+1)

Short abstract:

Changes in Europe are pushing anthropologists to expand traditional forms of authorship. This panel will consider co-creation as a possible ethical framework for producing knowledge capable of reckoning the politics of visual representation and historical narration in times of global crisis.

Long abstract:

Since 2015, Europe has witnessed changing migration flows as increased numbers of refugees, asylums seekers, and economic migrants have crossed the region's southernmost borders. While the conditions provoking this move north may have originated outside the geographical boundaries of the continent, they are also inherently linked to power structures defined by global capital and legacies of colonial histories. As such, new migratory flows have sparked questions about how present and past relationships between north and south are narrated, deconstructed and understood. This, in turn, has pushed anthropologists to rethink the power dynamics implicit in producing knowledge about displacement, citizenship, belonging in times of global change. Situated at these intersections, this panel considers new anthropological knowledge production practices that call for more shared forms of authorship, capable of producing more reflexive, inclusive and critical modes of narrating human experience and social life. Specifically, the methodology of co-creation--first embraced by multimodal media-makers, artists and technology entrepreneurs--will be explored as a potential ethical framework for producing anthropological knowledge capable of reckoning the politics of visual representation and historical narration. The panel invites anthropologists and practitioners of ethnographic methodologies to explore how new technologies are being deployed to expand notions of authorship, thus redefining the boundaries of the field. In doing so, it considers how co-creation can generate more multi-vocal approaches to studies of colonial/decolonial legacies, visual and aural cultural production, and shifting approaches to aesthetics. By centering intersectionality as a framework, the panel explores new anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe.