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Ethnographies, in other words. How to grasp and account for elusive subjects and experiences 
Francesca Morra (Politecnico di Torino)
Zakaria Rhani (Mohammed V University-Rabat)
Marta Quagliuolo (University of Turin)
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Thursday 18 July, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

Some ethnographic encounters challenge conventional research and writing practices. The roundtable aims at discussing how we experiment with imaginative methods and different genres of ethnography, considering their epistemological, ethical and political implications.

Long Abstract:

The roundtable critically reflects on other forms of ethnography and anthropological writing applied to the analysis of subjects and objects eluding usual methodologies. Ethnographers sometimes encounter fields where conventional practices fall short, and thus turn to imaginative methods to account for what is unutterable, as extreme violence, or uncontainable, as imagination or affects. Such fields pose, or better remind, some foundational epistemological, methodological and ethical issues: the intersubjective production/co-construction of knowledge, the reflexive relationships between researcher and research participants and power dynamics, the ethical and political responsibilities of the researcher. The roundtable aims at offering an opportunity to think about ethnography and its different genres, drawing on multimodal (Westmoreland, 2022), minor (Rhani, 2019), creative (Culhane & Elliott, 2016), unlearned (Borneman & Hammoudi, 2009), participatory (Maguire, 1987) experiences and practices of research.

This call therefore seeks contributions exploring how ‘other’ methodologies and approaches can be employed both to sensitively touch ethnographic experiences, and to creatively report them. We particularly invite contributions drawing on ethnographic research and considering the epistemological, ethical and political implications of divergent ethnographic experiences, by addressing the following questions:

What are the subjects/objects of research that pose a methodological and political challenge, thus moving the ethnographer to experiment with imagined new research approaches?

How and why do we think that creative ethnographies could contribute to represent and communicate something ‘more’ (a fragment, a sensation, a silence, etc.)? How is the experience then translated/crafted?

To what extent the anthropologist and, hence, anthropology itself are transformed – without being undone?

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -