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Frictions out of the closet: going beyond celebratory accounts of collaborative, participatory and co-creative interventions in multimodal research [Multimodal Ethnography Network (MULTIMODAL)] 
Alexandra D'Onofrio (University of Manchester)
Natalia Picaroni Sobrado (Universidad de Los Lagos (Osorno, Chile))
Angélica Cabezas-Pino (Universidad de La Frontera)
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Sanderien Verstappen (University of Vienna)
Darcy Alexandra (University of Bern)
Thursday 25 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

Multimodal anthropology bridges collaborative, engaged, and public research through co-creative ethnography. Critics caution against uncritical use of concepts, urging transparency in power dynamics. Aligned with Haraway's sympoiesis we aim to uncover frictions inherent in collaborative processes.

Long Abstract:

Multimodal anthropology plays a pivotal role by positioning itself within the intersections of collaborative, engaged, and public anthropology, emphasizing iterative, collaborative, and sensory engagement with participants and interdisciplinary colleagues. Co-creative ethnographic research aims at a shared anthropology, integrating interlocutors' insights to transform traditional ethnographer-informant relationships into epistemic partnerships (Dattatreyan and Marrero‐Guillamón 2019; Holmes and Marcus 2021). However, critics caution against uncritical use of concepts, urging transparency in acknowledging power dynamics in intersubjective relations (Kazubowski-Houston 2010; Sjöberg 2017).

This panel seeks to explore the complexities of collaborative work in multimodal projects, recognizing that valuable knowledge often emerges from the messiness of collaboration, which celebratory accounts may overlook. Scholars are invited to reflect on the implications of challenging research hierarchies, considering the knowledge produced and its future. The conversation delves into the various forms of multimodal collaboration throughout the research process, addressing conflict resolution and the representation of disagreements with participants (Tilche 2022). Aligned with Haraway's call to "make with others" in sympoiesis (2016), the panel encourages an discussion about the frictions inherent in these collaborative processes and openly asks what we should do with them.

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Session 1 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -