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[Commlist] Call for Papers ‘Media Anthropologies in Europe’

Thu Apr 29 13:54:03 GMT 2021

We are very pleased to announce the call for papers for a new workshop
organized by the EASA Media Anthropology Network.

14 & 15 October 2021

Building on previous EASA Media Anthropology Network activities – including
the latest panels at the EASA conferences, the bi-annual workshops, and
e-seminar series (e.g., we
are organising an online workshop that aims at reflecting on different
traditions and practices of ‘media anthropology’ in different European
countries. What are the different traditions of media anthropology in
Europe? How can we integrate the diversity of European media anthropology
in the sub-discipline’s discourse and beyond? How do media anthropologies
in Europe share their analysis and methodologies with sister disciplines
and how do they collaborate? How do digital technologies contribute to a
common terrain of inquiry and the sharing of media approaches/methodologies?

In the Anglo-American tradition of media anthropology, the first posed
questions were ‘what do people do with media and how does mediated
communication unfold in different parts of the world?’ vis-à-vis the more
classic media and communication studies questions, ‘what does media do with
people who use them?’ (e.g. Spitulnik 1993; Caldarola 1994; Ginsburg et al.
2002; Askew & Wilk 2002). To what extent have these questions been valid in
other intellectual traditions? And are these questions still relevant in
the digital age, where the relationship between media production and
consumption becomes increasingly blurred?

The workshop will take place online and EASA will provide technical support.

We invite *abstracts of 300 words* that reflect the diversity of the
European media anthropology research scape and exemplify it through
ethnographic engagements.

Themes of media ethnographies may include:
    • Gendered dimension of digital practices
    • Small-media practices
    • Social dimensions of digital media
    • Digital media and extreme speech
    • Physical vs. digital frontiers
    • Media and mobility
    • Media and social changes
    • Political participations
    • Surveillance
    • Mediated relationships, intimacy and love
    • Media infrastructure

*30th May 2021*: deadline for abstracts
20th June 2021: notification of acceptance
14th & 15th October 2021: online workshop

Giulia Battaglia, IRMECCEN, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris
Philipp Budka, University of Vienna, EASA Media Anthropology Network
Elisabetta Costa, University of Groningen, EASA Media Anthropology Network

All submissions should include name and institutional affiliation of the
author and abstracts of 300 words. Submissions are to be emailed to
(giu_bat /at/

If you have any question please contact Giulia Battaglia (giu_bat /at/

Cited References
Askew, K. and Wilk, R. 2002. The Anthropology of Media: a Reader. Oxford:
Blackwell Publishers.
Caldarola, V. 1994. ‘Embracing the Media Simulacrum’. Visual Anthropology
Review 10 (1): 66-69.
Ginsburg, F., Abu-Lughod, L. and Larkin, B. 2002. Media Worlds:
Anthropology on New Terrain. London: University of California Press.
Spitulnik, D. 1993. ‘Anthropology and Mass Media’. Annual Review of
Anthropology. 22(1): 293-315.

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