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Tuning into emerging spatialities: methodological propositions 
Hannah Wadle (Adam Mickiewicz University)
Eswarappa Kasi (Indira Gandhi National Tribal University)
Ahmadou Mouadjamou (Université de Garoua Cameroun)
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Wednesday 24 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel revisits methodological engagement with emerging spatial experiences, especially those of vulnerable communities. We are calling for papers that are addressing methodological challenges around complex configurations of space and proposing new ethnographic approaches to engage with them.

Long Abstract:

After Akhil Gupta’s and James Ferguson’s seminal publication “Culture, power, place” (1997) that gave anthropology key tools to rework its disciplinary assumptions and methodologies about the spatial, we are, again, at a moment in time, in which configurations of the spatial are shifting. As we are trying to attend to the complexities of emerging socialities and livelihoods, we are increasingly in need to tune into new spatial experiences. The spatial has become a central methodological challenge to current anthropology and needs to be revisited.

Contemporary ethnographies deal with merging spatial virtualities and materialities, climate related scarcity of livelihoods amalgamating with de-(pre-)colonial tribal imaginaries and state agendas, sacred spatialities, preservation and the legal struggles, domestic space, labour and new AI automations, spaces of old and new value extractions, movements and immobility contained by border politics, spaces of more-than-human death and growth, spaces of imagined futures, artivism and solidarities – to name a few of the spatial complexities in contemporary ethnographic fields.

Keeping pace with these manifold challenges for contemporary anthropological fieldwork, we see a necessity in methodologically revisiting the spatial and the multilayered emerging spatial experiences of communities across the globe. In doing so, we particularly want to draw attention to threatened livelihoods of marginalised, vulnerable communities.

In this panel, we are calling for papers that are explicitly addressing methodological challenges of engaging with emerging, complex configurations of space and that propose innovative ethnographic approaches to tune into those. Engagements could be visual, collaborative, hybrid, archival, legal, coding, artistic or others.

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Session 1 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -