Re-thinking collaboration: between research and socio-political interventions
Alex Vailati (Federal University of Pernambuco)
Carmen Rial (Federal University of Santa Catarina)
Miriam Grossi (UFSC)
University Place 4.205
Tuesday 6 August, 9:00-10:00, 11:00-12:00, 14:00-15:00 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

This panel will focus on that projects that are crossing barrier between research and socio-political intervention, in order to reflect on how power relationships are developed in so called 'collaborative' projects.

Long abstract:

The word collaboration has been strongly present in the history of cultural anthropology, in particular since 1922, with the first two example of this practice. Malinowski monograph and Flaherty documentary, has marked anthropologists imagination with the embryonic possibility of producing shared text, result of collaboration with 'subjects'. Jean Rouch works has also been emblematic of this practice. Since Sixties, especially in visual anthropology, the aim of producing shared representation underlined various experimentations. Nowadays, we can say that this expertise on research collaboration processes' creation is a heritage of anthropology.

Moreover in many societies the words 'collaboration' or 'participation' are used within many political frameworks in order to underline an intimate connection with power groups and 'recipient' of social and political projects. Many case studies evidence this global trend. Furthermore, it is also detectable a process of 'ideologization' of participation, strategy useful to hide power relations and hegemonic influences. This panel's aims are to reflect on contribution of anthropological theory and ethnological practice to the topic of collaboration. On a de-constructive level, this panel could be a platform to reflect on how power relationships are developed in collaborative projects: which are the limits of collaboration between researchers and researched? How institutions influence this relationship? Which is the role of scientific associations this debate? It is necessary create ethics code to protect 'research subjects'? We invite the submission of projects that are using collaboration, as well as to respond to those questions, also to cross that barrier between scientific research and socio-political intervention.