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[Commlist] CfP: EASA Media Anthropology Network Workshop "The Digital Turn in Media Anthropology"

Fri May 17 11:49:37 GMT 2019

A gentle reminder that the deadline for submitting abstracts
for the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) Media
Anthropology Network Workshop "The Digital Turn in Media Anthropology"
on the 11th of October 2019 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU)
Munich is getting closer (please see details below).



Sahana Udupa (LMU Munich)
Elisabetta Costa (University of Groningen)
Philipp Budka (University of Vienna)*

*Date & Venue*

11 October 2019
Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich, Germany


By building on the Media Anthropology Network panel at the EASA 2018
conference in Stockholm and the follow-up e-seminar from 16 Oct. - 9
Nov. 2018  (,
this workshop critically explores “the digital turn” in the
anthropological study of media, and aims to push further ethnographic
knowledge into the role that digital media technologies play in people's
everyday life and broader sociopolitical transformations. In so doing,
this workshop contributes to the reassessment of media anthropology in
digital times, and raises critical questions on how digital media have
posed new epistemological challenges, inspired methodological
innovations, and offered opportunities for political activism for media
anthropologists. A key question that drives this discussion is whether
the digital turn has reconfigured the classic distinction between “home”
and “field” through temporally intensified “horizontal” networks on a
global scale. Have these connections – culturally translated across
different societies – collapsed the distinction between “home” and
“field”? As users and researchers of digital media, how do we rework
anthropology’s classic conundrum of home-field, distance-nearness and
us-other in radically progressive ways? What does the “digital turn”
entail in terms of how we engage research participants, and how do we
use these new pathways to critique the multidirectional “colonial matrix
of power” (Mignalo & Walsh, 2007) that is riding on the very
infrastructure of contemporary digital media?

We invite scholars to engage with these questions through various topic
fields they are researching, and consider this reflexive move as an
important step towards challenging “the global fact” of racial, gender,
ethnic and religion-based exclusions. We also invite scholars to bring
cases of innovative use of digital research to overcome prevailing
hierarchies in anthropological knowledge production – between
researchers and research participants, as well as within the academic

Drawing from their own research, and from their engagement with relevant
literatures, workshop participants will ask the following questions:

What is the present state of anthropological study on digital media
technologies and their impact on culture and society?
What are the main questions in need of urgent research (especially in
connection to decolonizing media/digital anthropology, gender,
visuality, extreme movements and speech)?
How have digital technologies transformed (media) anthropology and how
does the future look for media anthropologists?
What is the role of digital technology in transforming knowledge
production and dissemination in media anthropology?
How can anthropologists contribute to the interdisciplinary effort of
theorizing digital media practices and digital technologies?
Who will be the main beneficiaries of this research, both in academia
and beyond?

We invite ethnographic and/or theoretical papers that focus on the above

Participants who need travel support to attend the workshop are invited
to mention the same (limited financial support is available for travel
and accommodation).

*In a single word document, please send your abstracts of 1000 words and
a short bio (100 words) stating your current affiliation, mentioning
whether you are an EASA member.*
Please use the filename format: authorlastname_digitalturnworkshop2019,
and send this *no later than 1 June 2019* to
(digitalturnworkshop /at/ <mailto:(digitalturnworkshop /at/>

Selected participants will be notified by 30 June 2019. EASA members
will get the first preference in travel bursaries.

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