EASA2018: Staying, Moving, Settling
- Beate Engelbrecht (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity) email
- Felicia Hughes-Freeland (SOAS) email
Visual anthropologists collaborate in manifold ways with people who are on the move, settling down or staying behind to document and analyse their situation. What are the advantages of working with images in these contexts? What are the experiences and which types of publication are most rewarding?
The processes of globalization and migration affect many people all over the world. They fuel many discussions on identity and belonging as well as on cultural and societal changes. At the same time, people are looking for new orientation or seeking to preserve certain traditions -back home and on the move. Communication is a key element for everyone involved and audio-visual means are essential in this context.
Visual and media anthropologists are studying these processes through the lens of different media. They are communicating with the people concerned in diverse ways and use audio-visual devices themselves. Additionally, they look for adequate forms to publish their findings. Hereby, not only the ways of collaboration but also new modes of audio-visual creation are at stake. Increasingly, experimental approaches are tested. This panel examines different research contexts and asks which kind of findings can be obtained by working with images. What do images contribute in the discourse on "Staying, Moving, Settling"? In what ways are images offering people the means to handle their situation and which new insights can researchers gain from that?
This panel is closed to new paper proposals.
Turkish popular television series as the connecting element of the Arab World?
The paper aims to answer the question of whether the movement of Turkish drama series across the Arab world contributes to the development of a shared sense of unity within the Arab world in the eyes of Moroccan women.
Regionalization and transnational identity of the Arab television
industry has enabled the popularity of Arab drama series. In the last
decade, the Arab audiences that were used of being exposed to culturally
specific content that addressed their regional identities, have been
increasingly exposed to Turkish drama series, which were introduced to
the region under the assumption of cultural proximity. This cultural
proximity relates to shared Islamic practices, historical experiences,
as well as social aspects, for example the context of arranged
marriages, respect for elders and big families living together. Arab
audiences are increasingly exposed to stories, where the main heroines
are beautiful, career-oriented and sexually aware women. Such exposure
in turn results in the emergence of a battlefield in the Arab world
between the televised representation of emancipated women and the
condemnation by Arab religious/political conservative leaders.
The paper deals with the influence of the political, social and cultural
realities, portrayed in Turkish drama series, broadcasted in the Arab
media, on the construction of the identity of Arab women. Based on
extensive ethnographic fieldwork, carried out in 2013 in Morocco, I deal
with the question of whether the movement of Turkish drama series across
the Arab world contributes to the development of a shared sense of
unity. On the one hand the series are seen as a bridge between both
shores of the Mediterranean, on the other hand the cultural distance is
recreated within each episode as the Turkish way of life is perceived to
be more 'European' than 'Arab'.
Visualising the unseen: Understanding the situation of migrant workers in Thailand through the camera lens
This paper takes visual representation as an interdisciplinary field of practice to explore the relationship between popular culture, politics and migration. Based on field experiences, the paper argues that audio-visual practices reveal the everyday life and social mobility of the migrant.
This paper takes visual representation as an interdisciplinary field of practice to explore the relationship between popular culture, politics and migration. Based on field experiences in Thailand, the paper argues that audio-visual practices reveal the everyday life and social mobility of the migrant. Arising from an interest in visual methods of observing and analysing such everyday life, particularly within the context of a contemporary capitalist society, it sets out to explore how visual representation facilitates an understanding of the process of migrating and settling.
By using photographs as a key resource to capture this socio-economic phenomenon, the paper focuses on how photographs impact on visual reflexivity in ethnographic fieldwork. It also aims to challenge the prevailing representation of migrant workers in the visual landscape in Thai academia. Moreover, by exploring relationships to place, this paper sheds light on the invisible work of invisible workers in the transformation of Thai society in the age of the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) through a photography project. In so doing, it argues that visual representations illustrate the diversity of migrant workers and their memories, experiences and social relationships.
This panel is closed to new paper proposals.