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This panel questions how ethnography and new technologies (e.g. RS, GIS, Lidar, and approaches addressing cognition) can be combined to approach issues that require remote, near, and deep sensing. Can they bridge the boundaries between humans and nonhumans and between disciplinary domains?
Over the last decade, with accelerating environmental degradation, polemics on the Anthropocene, and debates on epistemic hierarchies and power structures, the social sciences and humanities have been widening their methodological horizons. The multitude of entanglements between the human and non-human - grasped and mined as a multispecies saloon (Kirksey 2014), an emerging resurgence (Tsing 2017), Cothulucene (Haraway 2016), mental landscapes (Petrović-Šteger 2018), remote and near sensing, and deep time - have taken anthropological methods beyond their disciplinary boundaries. Consequently, the combination of ethnography and different technologies - such as remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Lidar, and various approaches to studying cognition and knowing - have added new scales to 'thick description' (Geertz 1973).
In this panel we investigate the relations that remote, near, and deep sensing employ, develop, entangle, or disentangle. What are the social and material worlds that the new methodological techniques and scales discover, uncover, create, transgress, and bring into collision? Are they able to address nonhumans and the environment inclusively in the research process? Can they engage inclusively with the ecology of knowledges? How does the use of different technologies change the way research is undertaken? How and in what ways can remote, near, and deep sensing respond to contemporary societal challenges? What kind of ethical issues emerge when engaging with new methodologies and technologies that try to bridge the boundaries between humans and nonhumans, and between disciplinary domains?