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Quality and equality in collaborative projects 
Arjang Omrani (University Of Ghent)
Kris Rutten (University of Ghent)
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Panel Discussion
Start time:
22 March, 2021 at
Time zone: Europe/London
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Short Abstract:

This panel tends to explore "the tensions between quality and equality”; the conundrum between the rights of authorship and the aesthetic choices in collaborative projects.

Long Abstract:

The collaborative nature of anthropological knowledge is an ever-increasing issue of consensus. However, efforts to snare and engulf the notion of collaboration with a methodological framework for fieldwork and dissemination of knowledge have never been a fully accomplished mission. This is probably due to the uncanny embodied in the notion, that makes it experimental, innovative and radical. It, therefore, constantly requires to be redefined for each project and to be reappraised at any time throughout the process. In engaging with the social phenomenon, these characteristics encourage many audio-visual anthropologists to take this path, to explore and unveil the untouched, invisible and often excluded aspects of the 'real' in comparison with other investigative methods.

However, the issue of authorship that lies at the core of any collaborative project, remains as an unsettled concern in this path. The challenges, especially on the occasions of cooperating with people with less artistic or academic background, are more evident and critical.

This panel, therefore, tends to explore the dilemmas posed by the issue of the authorship in collaborative projects and thereby, invites presentations to address "the tensions between quality and equality" (C. Bishopin 2012; italic mine) in the authorship of collaborative projects. This implies a process that leads to the aesthetic choices of the work, while at the same time considering both the rights of authorship and the narrative and aesthetic strategies that tend to mediate invisible, embodied and affective conditions — meanings — with their diverse audiences.

Although this remains the main focus of the panel, we welcome those presentations that offer additional insights and perspectives related to the concerns of this panel. Especially we encourage presentations that are raised from empirical and fieldwork experiences. 

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