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How can anthropology and geography develop new research tools better suited to address the current ecological crisis? This panel explores the role of multimedia methods in ethnographic research on the anthropocene, asking how we can stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration and public engagement.
Human beings have changed the face of planet earth. Whether we call this epoch the Anthropocene (Stoermer & Crutzen 2000), the Capitalocene (Moore 2012), the Cthulucene (Haraway 2015), or any of the other terms that have been proposed in recent years, anthropogenic transformations of global ecologies have led to a radical problematisation of the ways in which human beings relate to their environments. As various aspects of human life are called into question - including how we produce energy and food, and how we manage waste - the ways in which scientific knowledge itself is produced must also be subject to scrutiny.
This panel seeks to explore the role of multimedia methodologies - including VR/360 video, sound, photography, projection-mapped environments, installations, drawing and graphic novels, etc. - in producing research that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration, encourages community participation, and increases public engagement. This panel invites papers which engage ethnographically with the anthropocene through the use of non-textual mediums as part of the research process. Presenters can choose to include a five minute preview of any multimedia output as part of their presentations if they wish.
In the contemporary ecological context, it is becoming increasingly urgent to produce academic research which can dialogue with colleagues across disciplines, engage with more diverse audiences, and disrupt existing models of thought. By exploring the conceptual possibilities of multi-sensorial encounters with global ecologies, this panel aims to contribute towards innovative research practices which are better suited to address the anthropocene's uncertain futures.
Yunchang Yang (Peking University)