"Elderscapes: Ageing in Urban South Asia"

Max Planck Research Group “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” Lecture Series 2018

  • Date: Jul 10, 2018
  • Time: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Speaker: Annika Mayer (Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf) and Jakob Gross
  • Jakob Gross studied cultural anthropology, psychology and religious studies. He taught at the film school Macromedia and has published an article on ‘The habitus of the documentary field’. He worked for Documentary Campus Master School and DOK.fest Munich film festival. As an associate member of the Cluster of Excellence of Heidelberg University he worked on new forms of representation in visual anthropology. Since 2008 he has been producing his own documentary films and has been working as a cinematographer. Annika Mayer studied visual anthropology, political sciences and new German literature in Munich and Paris. After her studies, she worked as scientific assistant at the Institute for Indology and Anthropology at the LMU Munich. In 2017 she completed her PhD on ageing in the Indian middle-classes at Heidelberg University. Since 2013 Annika has been working as an editor, director and producer. She is currently pursuing her Master in film editing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room
"Elderscapes: Ageing in Urban South Asia"

For more details please contact menster(at)mmg.mpg.de.

The project Elderscapes, Ageing in Urban South Asia offers an insight into contemporary everyday life of older people from the middle-class in urban South Asia. South Asia’s cities are growing rapidly, and longevity is rising simultaneously leading to urban and social change. The interactive website is designed as a public outcome of our research project. Through the use of diverse media such as video, text, sound and images it addresses a larger audience and is an example for novel ways of representing anthropological research findings that are not merely text-based. The mixing of multiple media types on a website creates the possibility for the user to engage with these diverse materials in a non-linear way. The process of knowledge production/appropriation

For more details please contact menster(at)mmg.mpg.de.

is therefore at least partly regulated and controlled by the recipients themselves.
The talk will focus on how to create a project at the nexus of academic research and visual anthropology. After a short history of web-projects in anthropology, we will discuss the potentials of interactive websites. Thereafter, we will present the process of how we developed Elderscapes, focussing on the interweaving of media formats, non-linearity, and the possible appropriation by users.

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