"Workshop in Visual Ethnography"

Workshops, conferences 2017

  • Beginn: 09.03.2017 10:00
  • Ende: 10.03.2017 11:15
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall
"Workshop in Visual Ethnography"
organized by the Max Planck Research Group "Empires of Memory"

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

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Thursday 9 March

MORNING: 10am-1pm

  • Introduction: what is visual ethnography?
  • The practice of ethnography: seeing with and without the camera
  • Active observation and incidental attention
  • Looking at and looking with
  • Making visual data
  • Experiencing ourselves as seeing subjects
  • Beyond words: seeing what can’t be spoken
  • An example: the embodied labour of fishmongers
  • Going out into the field: using photography to explore the social

11.15-11.30am Coffee break

1-1.50pm Lunch

AFTERNOON: 1.50-6pm

  • Looking at what we see and seeing what we look at: participants present their images from the morning
  • Seeing and feeling: atmosphere and affect at the edges of vision
  • The significance of ‘failed’ images
  • Immersion: using the visual to handle the sensory excess of being in the field
  • Audio-visual combinations: the value of sound and silence
  • An example: looking for rhythm (at a fish market)
  • Going out into the field: using film to explore the social

4-4.15pm Coffee break

Friday 10 March

MORNING: 9am-12.30pm

  • Participants present their images from the afternoon (yesterday)
  • Representation and evocation: the vitality of the visual
  • Making sense: the visual as a means of showing social life and as a tool for analysis
  • Filming and editing as a ‘creative-analytic process’
  • An example: The Passage of Fish
  • Visual ethnography: what is it good for?
  • Conclusions: cultivating the ethnographer’s ‘skilled vision’

11-11.15am Coffee break

Participants will need to bring a mobile phone which has a camera or a digital camera will be provided to take part in the activities. Please also bring anything you would need to upload your images to a computer!

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