This panel offers a forum for Latin American social scientists and other scholars working in the region to discuss how and whether the use of audio-visual media in their research has elicited new forms of ethnographic connections, political engagement, and regional aesthetics.
We bring together Latin American anthropologists working on the region who have been actively using, and reflecting on the use, of audio-visual media in their research: be it as a probing tool, a catalyst of knowledge and relationships in the field, a means of increasing collaboration with interlocutors and political engagement, or to present research findings. The specific themes of research are open, for our interest is to discuss, from a Latin American perspective, how and whether the use of audio-visual technologies can provoke the development of new regional aesthetics, subject matters, political activism, narratives, and theoretical approaches. The papers explore the diverse ways in which images can trigger new connections and rearticulate old ones in order to capitalise on the creative power of different social phenomena in Latin America. In this respect, explore how images are helping social scientists to engage with alternative understandings of reality that are currently flourishing in Latin America.