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The panel explores an emerging trend in the Anthropology of the Life Course to use visual and digital methods to generate and disseminate anthropological knowledge. Presentations examine how visual/digital engagement changes the experience of ageing, and the act and product of ethnographic fieldwork
This panel explores current and emerging questions facing the Anthropology of the Life Course: how visual and digital engagement changes the experience of ageing for informants, and the roles language, methods and researchers' and participants' ontological positions play in ethnographic knowledge production. We propose to examine how the life course and related topics are approached by researchers who use visual and digital media to generate and disseminate anthropological knowledge. We will identify new subjectivities created with visual and digital technologies and the impact of visual/ digital methods on ethnographic fieldwork products. Further, we will trace the possibilities and limits of non-traditional methodologies, such as how visual/ digital narratives about the life course inform broader debates within anthropology, and the lessons stemming from broader anthropological discussions for anthropologists of the life course. We invite researchers at all stages of their projects and careers to contribute papers or visual/digital presentations (ideally accompanied with URL links) to address the following issues:
-Re-visiting the "writing culture" debate:how ageing and life course can be addressed with visual/digital methods, especially in the context of dementia, disability, stigma (Leibing 2019).
-The extent to which life course researchers and their informants are reimagining the relations among images, image-makers and viewers/users with new technologies e.g. online platforms and smartphone applications (Prins and Favero 2019).
-Visual, digital forms and their links to ethnographic content.
-How ideas about publishing and platforms for disseminating knowledge might be reconceptualized, including new methods such as collaborative filming, multimedia texts and the consequent ethical considerations.