Accepted paper:

Ethnographic walking and go-along as collaborative practice

Authors:

Cordula Weisskoeppel (Bremen University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper will reflect on collaborative practises when organizing postcolonial walking-tours in hybrid groups. How is shared knowledge produced by these on-site encounters, and what kind of further agency is initiated by the participants?

Paper long abstract:

In order to experiment with methodologies of decolonisation in the public space, we started to conduct walking-tours in my home town Bremen in Northern Germany. Since then I try to reflect more systematically on what is evoked when walking together in certain environments and contexts. The paper will focus in particular on hybrid groups, this means participants from different educational backgrounds, diverse ages and different professions. Why has it become so productive to walk together, sharing first impressions, sensual experiences, thoughts and imaginations? What kind of polyvocal knowledge was produced on-site, and what kind of processes were initiated, e.g. to become more engaged in the public debate, or to think about strategies of visual documentation and representation. Using two walk-shops conducted in Bremen, Germany and Windhoek, Namibia in 2019, I will demonstrate the different settings and designs, the diverse processes and dimensions of reflection, and the imaginary potential when dealing with fragments of remembrance of particular stories produced by postcolonial entanglements.

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Collaborative Futures in Practice: Methods and pedagogies for imagining and doing anthropology together [PechaKucha]