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An ethnographical displacement at sea. A way of (un)doing anthropology [Anthropology of the Sea(s) Network (SEAS)] 
Marta Gentilucci (Centre Universitaire de formation et de recherche de Mayotte)
Raffaele Maddaluno (University of Rome La Sapienza)
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Johanna Markkula (Central European University)
Géraldine Le Roux (Université de Bretagne Occidentale)
Tuesday 23 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

In trying to (un)doing anthropology we explore the conceptual and physical experiences of displacement at sea. The aim is to investigate how our encounters with the sea can redefine the approach to ethnography while providing a displaced perspective on global economic and geopolitical dynamics.

Long Abstract:

The ocean has become a symbolic hub for scientific knowledge and future orientations sparking a growing anthropological interest. However, delving into the intricate, ever-changing dynamics of maritime contexts and the global unpredictability of the seas calls for reassembling conventional anthropological frameworks.

In trying to (un)doing anthropology starting from ethnographies of the seas, this panel explores: What does it mean to engage in the anthropology of the seas, whether it's being immersed in the sea itself or adopting a sea-based perspective? How can anthropology's methodological frameworks, characterized by extended timelines and micro-situated research, be adapted to the ever-shifting maritime environment? In what ways does ethnography transform when research spans multiple settings, shifting between on-shore and off-shore locations? How does the ethnographic approach evolve when we conduct research aboard ships, studying phenomena such as elements, automation, labour, containerization, extraction? Furthermore, in this very crowded oceanic environment how can anthropology be disassembled and reassembled to make its voice louder in the global maritime discourses? To what extent are scientists from other disciplines, as well as advisors of international organizations, receptive to the dilated time frames inherent in ethnography and oceans? 

We welcome papers that explore the experiences of displacement (Jue 2020), drawing from both ethnographic research and theoretical reflections. We recognize the potential of this concept to emphasize not only the physical relocations we encounter at sea but also as a stimulus for imagining ourselves in a state of perpetual movement, navigating peripheral pathways towards an "otherwise anthropology" (McTighe and Raschig 2019).

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Session 1 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -