Env03
Sensory ethnography and the anthropocene: new methods for new milieu (SIEF WG on Body, Affects, Senses, and Emotions)

Convenors:
Deborah Kapchan (New York University)
Meltem Turkoz (Bosphorus University )
Stream:
Environment
Location:
KWZ 0.607
Start time:
27 March, 2017 at 16:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

The authors in this panel explore new methodologies for an ethnography of the anthropocene, including different sensate ways of knowing and "being-with" milieu in the midst of rapid change.

Long abstract:

Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht coined the term solastalgia to mean a "form of psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change" in 2003. It was a kind of "homesickness" for a home changing beyond the control of its inhabitants. One could say that solastalgia is the result of the rapid transformation of the Holocene into the Anthropocene, or the recognition that "nature" is a category created by humans in order to separate it from humankind, and to dominate it. What happens to the conception of home in an era where environments are changing rapidly, where the massive extinction of species threatens ways of living and where ways of home-making and home-coming can no longer be assumed? What's more, how does the ethnographer (literally the "graphist" of the "state") come to terms with these changes? How does the Anthropocene era change the theories and particularly the methods of the ethnographer? The authors in this panel explore new methodologies for an ethnography of the anthropocene, including different sensate ways of knowing and "being-with" milieu in the midst of rapid change. /Find out more about SIEF WG on Body, Affects, Senses, and Emotions here: http://www.siefhome.org/wg/base/index.shtml