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IUAES 2019 Inter-Congress Workshop TitleWorkshop Organiser 1Workshop Organiser 2Workshop Organiser 3Short Workshop AbstractLong Workshop AbstractKeywords
Immersive listening and mobile ethnography of soundName: Agata Stanisz
Institution / affiliation: Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
City: Poznan
Country: Poland
Experimental workshop in the field of anthropology of sound. We will experience an immersive, acousmatic way of listening to sounds. The aim is to strengthen the awareness of experiencing through sound as well as to practice and discuss methods of ethnography of sound in studies of the urban space.The workshop will be consists of two parts - an experimental and reflexive one. In the first part participants will take part in an individual sound walk based on letterists concept of urban drifting (Debord 1956). It will be immersive experience of various parts of the city through acousmatic sounds – listening to imagined soundscapes. It will be listening to in motion using headphones and mobile players and apps. Participants will be listening to sound maps, composed ambiences based on field recordings, different kinds of signals converted into sound, sounds coming from outside the urban context and will try to compose own soundtracks. The second part of workshop will be stationary and reflexive during which we will discuss category of experiencing through sound – its usefulness in mobile urban research. We will get to know or deepen our knowledge about anthropological concepts of immersion (Helmreich 2001; Ingold 2007, 2011), acoustemology (Feld 1996, 2015), transduction (Helmreich 2007, 2010) as well as Jean-Paul Thibaud’s concept of ambiances (2011), Michael Bull’s mobile listening and auditory bubble (2005, 2007).
The workshop is connected with a paper entitled Immersive listening to imagined soundscapes in urban public spaces (panel: Sensory anthropology and new urban commons).
The participants are required to pre-register at least 5 days before workshop. Pre-registration via e-mail, directly at workshop organizer:
audioanthropology, sound walk, immersion, soundscape, listening
Writing for a public of non-anthropologists [Commission on Anthropology and Education]Name: Giovanna Guslini
Institution / affiliation: (Formerly) Ministry of Education, University and Research, Intercultural and International Training
City: Saronno
Country: Italy
Name: Ajeet Jaiswal
Institution / affiliation: Pondicherry University, Department of Anthropology
City: Puducherry
Country: India
Name: Sabine Klocke-Daffa
Institution / affiliation: University of Tuebingen, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
City: Tuebingen
Country: Germany
The workshop is intended as a laboratory for writing short but incisive stories, inspired by images or notes drawn from field experiences made by anthropologists themselves. The aim is to attract and engage non-professionals in the practice of different cultures.The LAB experiments in practice a type of narrative different from the professional ethnographic writing. Creating stories, with a common framework, we want to reach a varied audience of both young people and adults, to entertain, intrigue, surprise, discover, excite and engage non-professionals in the experience of different cultures. Our aim is to encourage, outside the Academy, a more widespread sensitivity towards the figure of the anthropologist: after the workshop, we will publish some significant stories on the web and interact with the school international/national networks and with cultural institutions, eg museums.

Preliminary exchange of information about the field experiences of each participant.

Discussion starting from photographs or notes related to a particular episode.

Analysis of narrative techniques suited to the goals to be achieved and to the recipients.

Examination of multilingual tools and transversal anthropological themes, aimed at overcoming linguistic differences and highlighting commonalities and cultural diversities in the world.

Definition of the main idea for some short stories.

Verbal and written production (individual or in small groups) of narrative schemes.

Study of a possible common frame for the single stories.

Registration is needed.

Participants must have a field experience. We ask them to bring one significant picture, in their own laptop/smartphone/notebook, or a printed photo or some notes related to a particular episode in the field experience of which they were protagonists or witnesses. We suggest them to bring their own laptops or a paper notebook: during the workshop we will train to write short stories.
Adult/young education, public anthropology, storytelling, field experience, public of non-professionals.
Ethnography as EmergenceName: Subhashim Goswami
Institution / affiliation: Shiv Nadar University
City: Delhi NCR
Country: India
Name: Radhika Rao
Institution / affiliation: University of San Francisco
City: San Francisco
Country: United States
This workshop will demonstrate how ethnography is an object that is constituted in its own emergence. We will do this through the performative mode of carving stories and by using material to demonstrate how any material exists in a relationship of transformation with its own materiality."Ethnography as Emergence" workshop will use performative strategies and sensory engagement with material objects in a collaborative mode to invite reflection on how ethnography is not the same as field work and how the constitution of what may be considered an ethnographic object remains forever in constitution. If ethnography is a a mode of graphising the field (the ethnos) then one can argue howethnography constructs or carves out one particular object from a field of possibilities. The eventual object that gets carved or made through the doing of ethnography never achieves a fixed and determinate coherence in the shape that it eventually assumes. All ethnographies remain at the realm of being made, amenable to our grasp, and the only way for us to think about this process would be to understand the logic and rationale of its making. This workshop will demonstrate how ethnography is a essentially a logic of making by working with the idea of carving stories in between what one hears and what one writes about what one hears. We will do this through the performative mode. The material sensorium of locating a listenership also weaves itself centrally in to the narrative that gets carved as ethnography. We will demonstrate this logic by showing how any material is always in a transformative relationship with its own materiality. By fusing these two strains together, the workshop will argue and demonstrate how ethnography therefore as an object always exists in a strain of its own emergence.Ethnography, Emergence, Material Sensorium, Performative