Accepted Paper:

Adapting a visual anthropologist research design and teaching practices during the Covid-19 pandemic  
Alejandra Navarro-Smith (ITESO)

Paper short abstract:

The Covid-19 pandemic, alongside with online teaching practices, made me adapt research desing to bring students to online conversations with my long-time collaborators. This emerging methodology has opened a space for remembering past events, and to build a common ground for their interpretation.

Paper long abstract:

The covid-19 pandemic forced me to cancel fieldwok. At the same time, I was forced to learn the use of digital platfoms for on-line teaching. This new set of habilities helped me to imagine how to combine teaching with digital fieldwork. As a result, I figured out how to combine my on-line teaching to continue conversations with Cocopah people with whom I have been doing fieldwork since 2006. In this paper I reflect on the methodological challenges to digitally connect communication undergraduated students, from central Mexico, with Cocopah people, living in the Northeastern state of Baja California. In this process I have not only had the opportunity to connect in collective conversations students and Cocopahs through facebook chats. But I have also found a compelling narrative to edit the film archive that I have built in ten years of fieldwork following Cocopah female leaders in their struggle to defend their fishing rights.This emerging methodology has opened a space for the remembrace of past events, and therefore, to build a common ground for their interpretation.

Panel P01
Rethinking fieldwork: autoethnography, digital ethnography, ethnography in lockdown
  Session 1