Call for submissions


UCL Multimedia Anthropology Lab is an interdisciplinary research network aimed at developing innovative methods for anthropological practice is looking for anthropological-focused multi-media abstracts to feature in their upcoming event. This is NOT a WASM sponsored event, but if you are interested in how digital media is transforming our world, please look for more info here: https://www.uclmal.com/conferences .


The UCL MAL is inviting submissions for our upcoming conference, Multimedia Encounters: Experimental Approaches to Ethnographic Research. The conference will take place online in January 2021 and will be accompanied by an exhibition. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words, and any multimedia materials that are relevant to your work, by 23:59 GMT on Wednesday the 2nd of December 2020.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

UCL MAL invites contributions from academics and practitioners across disciplines who engage with these questions, and experiment with innovative approaches to conducting and presenting research. We welcome submissions in any format (accompanied by a written abstract) and encourage contributors to interpret our theme as broadly as possible. We are particularly interested in contributions which explore the following topics/methods:


VR & 360 VIDEO | IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENTS | SONIC ETHNOGRAPHY | NET ART | PERFORMANCE | ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM | EXHIBITION AS RESEARCH | PROJECTION MAPPING | SCULPTURE | MULTISENSORY MEDIA | INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION | PHOTOGRAMMETRY | AI & MACHINE LEARNING | DIGITAL ANTHROPOLOGY | & MORE. Click here: www.uclmal.com.


CONFERENCE THEME: KNOWLEDGE OTHERWISE

Anthropological encounters with others have led us to question ideas previously taken as given. Concepts of family, society, culture, nature, and what it means to be human have all been subject to revision. When these critiques are directed towards knowledge itself, the different ideas people have about what knowledge is and how it is shared have led us to question the theories and practices through which we seek to know. At the same time, material culture studies has pointed towards the important role of materials in the articulation of human knowledge. The materials through which ethnographic encounters are translated into knowledge - as text, image, sound, performance, simulated sensory immersion, etc - shape the ways in which these encounters are experienced by others, and the conceptual affordances they present. We examine how ethnographic encounters with alterity can disrupt not only the conceptual frameworks of anthropology, but also the material practices through which knowledge is produced and communicated, and explore how anthropological knowledge can be both thought and made otherwise.

These questions are especially pertinent in the context of a global pandemic, which has changed the ways we encounter and communicate with others, disrupting diverse forms of knowing and doing.


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