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Dancing between centres and peripheries: promises and perils of multimodality [Multimodal Ethnography Network (MULTIMODAL)] 
Karen Waltorp (University of Copenhagen)
Melissa Nolas (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
Anne S. Chahine (Research Institute for Sustainability Helmholtz Centre Potsdam)
Alexa Färber (University of Vienna)
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Friday 26 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel engages with the promises and perils of multimodal approaches in anthropology. We invite contributions that problematise multimodality’s current moment, which seems a dance between centres and peripheries, to discuss how its complex positionings contribute to the un/doing of anthropology

Long Abstract:

This panel creates a critical and creative space for engaging with the promises and perils of multimodal approaches in anthropology, and its interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations. We invite contributions that understand multimodality as an experimental, inventive, and interconnected way of thinking, moving, feeling, and being in the world, and that draw our attention to its application beyond anthropology’s claim on the term. In particular, the panel problematizes multimodality’s current moment of what seems like a restless dance between centres and peripheries. Innately collaborative, multimodality was ‘born’ and came of age in the ‘periphery’ of anthropological research, nourished by close engagements with others in and outside the boundaries of the discipline. Over the last ten years, as a highly attractive mode of experimental research practice, multimodality has gained traction within anthropology’s more traditional centres. In addition, this collaborative and vivid multimodal way of working can readily respond to the increasing demands placed on universities to address societal challenges and communicate research beyond the academy. In this sense, it has become central. But what does this position mean for the critical, creative, and heterodox practices, and plural practices formerly developed from the ‘periphery’? What are the promises and perils of multimodality now being situated at the ‘centre’? And how does this affect the multiplicity of interests, knowledges, and temporalities that are involved, especially if they do not concur with the demands of the academy? Can this complexity be recognized and proactively contribute to the un/doing(s) of anthropology? And should it?

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Session 1 Friday 26 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Friday 26 July, 2024, -