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Differential proximities and disjunctive reciprocities. (Un)doing anthropological research through collaborative methodologies and multiple accountabilities 
Viola Castellano (University of Bayreuth)
Olivia Casagrande (University of Sheffield)
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Wednesday 24 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

Focusing on collaborative ethnography and anthropology, we interrogate forms of knowledge production that engage with and are accountable to multiple communities, asking how these differential proximities and disjunctive reciprocities affect research methodologies and theoretical elaborations.

Long Abstract:

In the current reality of multiple crises, in which a precarious present and an uncertain future demand many ‘undoings’, we ask what the anthropological discipline, which itself underwent a significant crisis during the last decade, can do through and beyond academia. We are interested in two dynamics that characterize contemporary forms of knowledge production. On one hand, anthropologists' life trajectories are more and more marked by diasporic identities, international mobility and intersectional dynamics that articulate various forms of ‘differential proximity’ with research interlocutors. On the other side, there is an increasing use of collaborative methodologies in ethnographic practices as a way to challenge the extractive and colonial epistemic roots of the discipline, and foster forms of public and activist anthropology. These collaborations generate unexpected alliances and conflictive engagements and result in ‘disjunctive reciprocities’.

Moving from these entangled aspects, we interrogate forms of knowledge production that struggle to be accountable to different communities - those to which the anthropologist belongs to and works with. How do these multiple belongings affect research methodologies, subsequent theoretical elaborations and engaged outputs? How living through and acknowledging the many worlds weaved in personal and professional trajectories interrogate ethnographic collaboration and its possible reciprocities? What are the risks of responding to multiple but not necessarily compatible commitments?

Thinking through the concepts of differential proximities and disjunctive reciprocities, we invite contributions that reflect and elaborate on the limits and possibilities of partial connections and frictional ensambles in the context of collaborative ethnography and the anthropologist’s many accountabilities.

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