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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.3

Imaginative Ethnography: Performance, Ethnofiction, and Futures (Part 2)


  • Rajat NAYYAR

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Our present is defined by uncertainty – social, political, economic, and ecological – and how we understand such uncertainty shapes how we forge our futures. In recent years, ethnographers across many disciplines have increasingly begun to delve into this uncertainty, researching possible and speculative worlds. This, in part, involves learning how people imagine and act upon their futures. Less concerned with imagination as a conceptual category, anthropologists have attended to diverse imaginative effects, outcomes, or technologies; some have even begun experimenting with ways of studying people’s interior lives. However, there still has been little consideration, new approaches and techniques affording multisensorial ways of researching possible and speculative worlds need to be crafted, tested, and honed. This workshop initiates cross-disciplinary collaborations among ethnographers, artists and those working with digital technologies to explore performance as a multisensory ethnographic technique for imagining and intervening in futures. The participants will collaboratively improvise a short scenario for an ethnographic film by addressing the conference theme of “World Solidarities.” Drawing on Jean Rouch’s approach to cinematographic improvisation as well as embodied research techniques of performance ethnography, this workshop will seek to rethink ethnofiction as a sensorial methodology. The workshop will engage with the emergent by intervening in the present and, as such, will contribute to the anthropology of resistance concerned with imagining activist political and economic futures. The workshop participants will work in groups to develop a short script around the general theme, decide roles and tasks and film the performance of the story in Poznan.

Number of participants: 15
Duration of the workshop: 210 min
Pre-registration is required: Yes (Via the registration system)
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