P167
Digital (Sound)Pictures in/on/about Urban Africa

Convenors:
Balz Andrea Alter (Ethnologisches Seminar)
Fernando Félix Tivane (Higher Institute for Arts and Culture (ISArC-Mozambique)/Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS-Porto Alegre))
Stream:
Panels
Location:
KH116
Start time:
29 June, 2017 at 16:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

African cities today are increasingly made up of streams and counterflows of audiovisual narratives, so we propose to discuss theoretical and methodological approaches to research which uses filmmaking - be it "documentary" and/ or "fictional" - as research objects and \ or research method.

Long abstract:

This panel aims to bring together work which aimes to the position and epistemological implications of construction and interpretation of social worlds in African cities today through filmmaking. African cities today are increasingly made up of streams and counterflow of audiovisual narratives, so we propose to discuss theoretical and methodological approaches to research which uses filmmaking - be it "documentary" and "fictional" - as research objects and \ or research method. We invite papers which discuss these aspects and other aspects of urban filmmaking, audiovisual research and the audiovisual industry: 1) ways in which the audiovisual apparatus has been used in investigations in African cities, ways in which audiovisual approaches are especially suited to research urban spaces, imaginations and imaginaries; 2) links between cinema, urban imaginaries, memories of urban pasts and subjectivities 3) appresentations and interpretations of cinematographic narratives on topics such as urban relations / rural, center \ periphery city ownership, leisure and sociability, body, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, identity, etc. In African cities virtual public spaces. Facebook, YouTube and other Internet platforms have become a part of everyday life. Therefore we invite the participants to adress the ethical qualities and practices within their audiovisual approaches: Digitized visual methods require researchers to rethink how they need to respond to key ethical issues, including confidentiality, ownership/autorship, informed consent, decisions about how visual data will be displayed and published, and managing collaborative processes.