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Experiments in Multimodal Anthropology: Transforming the Discipline, Transforming the World II 
Alisse Waterston (City University of New York, John Jay College)
Eva van Roekel (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 02/026
Wednesday 27 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The aim of the panel is to examine critically grounded experimental formats in crafting and communicating anthropological knowledge. We examine and exchange creative works grappling with real-world concerns that transform the discipline, inspire hope, and effect social change for the common good.

Long Abstract:

For decades, anthropologists have been participating in a series of interconnected debates centered on the politics of representation, "writing culture," calls to decolonize the discipline, and how to put anthropological knowledge to public use in the interest of a more just world. These discussions have led to the current wonderful moment when anthropologists are again paying careful attention to writing otherwise (Hannerz 2016) and engaging multimodal practices to make knowledge accessible that facilitates interaction with diverse audiences. The aim of this panel is to explore the new use of riveting and critically grounded formats for crafting and communicating anthropological knowledge, such as creative writing, painting, comix, (audio)visual ethnography, performance, and photography. The panel will feature concrete examples of creative works by junior and established scholars that are theoretically driven and grapple with real-world concerns with a focus on any aspect of the creative process from conception and creation to practicalities and the afterlife of the work. Underneath such efforts to transform the discipline and inspire hope and social action arise various questions, such as: How to creatively communicate topics that are painful and complex, requiring historical knowledge and ability to grasp abstract concepts? How to ethically convey the drama of the world in difficult circumstances while revealing spaces of resiliency, creativity, and hope? What is gained and what is lost in crafting works designed to stimulate, disturb and/or inspire? How to effect change in the discipline and its institutions to support experimental formats and efforts to communicate otherwise in anthropology?

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Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -