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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.132

Dramatizations of ethnographic research as acts of public intervention


  • Dr. Magdalena SZTANDARA

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As part of the annual ethnographic and performative laboratory, a group of students (anthropologists, dramaturgists and theater directors) jointly conceptualised, problematised and worked on the project about different masculinities. The assumption of the project was a discussion, negotiation, and exchange of research methods, strategies and ways of exploring social practices by combining ethnography and performativity. The outcome included thirteen interventions, understood as immediate social actions performed in the public space. Based on the annual pedagogical experience of running a laboratory, I problematize the cooperation situation itself (including, the clash of discourses and practices, predicaments of mutual understandings), as well as to problematise the actual potential of ‘research-creation’ and performative ethnography. I argue that the form of laboratory and collaboration between ethnography and performative arts opens not only new opportunities in methodological and pedagogical approach but also has transformative potential. The interventions performed in the public sphere might be understood as new modalities for disseminating research findings, which distort rather static and normative protocols of academic research presentations in Poland. They also allow reaching broader audiences and enabling more critical, intimate and involved understanding of different social and cultural practices.