The EASA Media Anthropology Network’s panel “Media anthropology’s legacies and concerns” at the 14th European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) conference in Milan (20-23 July, 2016) includes the following papers:
- Anthropology of Journalism: Transformation of Ethical Conduct with the Rise of Social Media – Nazli Ozkan (Northwestern University)
- Excavating the centrality of materiality for a post-human ‘anthropomediality’: an ecological approach – Alberto Micali & Nicolò Pasqualini (University of Lincoln)
- In the intersection of anthropology’s disciplinary crisis and emergence of internet studies – Erkan Saka (Istanbul Bilgi University)
- Media anthropology and the ‘ludic turn’ – John McManus (University of Oxford)
- Media anthropology’s legacies and concerns in digital times – Philipp Budka (University of Vienna)
- Moving Image Projection, Sacred Sites and Marginalised Publics: The Ritual Economy of Outdoor Cinema in Thailand – Richard MacDonald (Goldsmiths, University of London)
- Politics of meanings of gender violence in Brazil – Heloisa Buarque de Almeida (University of Sao Paulo)
- Television culture and the myth of participation: (re)making media rituals – Balazs Boross (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
- The Man on the Moon: Art in the Age of Digital Manipulation – Muhammad Nabil Zuberi (City University of New York)
- The Politics of Digital Visual Culture in Romania: from a Digital Ethnography to a Historical Media Anthropology – Jonathan Larcher (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
Find the paper abstracts at: http://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2016/panels.php5?PanelID=4286
About the panel
Media anthropology’s legacies and concerns
(Media Anthropology Network)
Philipp Budka (University of Vienna)
John Postill (RMIT University Melbourne)
Elisenda Ardevol (UOC, Barcelona)
In line with the theme of the 14th EASA conference the EASA Media Anthropology Network panel seeks to put fundamental concerns of media anthropology back into the centre of attention. Central themes of media anthropology have already been identified and discussed in earlier works: e.g. the mediation of power and conflict, media related forms of production and consumption, the relationship between media and religion, and the mediation of knowledge and forms of expression (e.g. Askew & Wilk 2002, Ginsburg et al. 2002, Peterson 2003, Rothenbuhler & Coman 2005). These topics can be connected to questions about hierarchies, power relationships, norms and political agency in media contexts; the materiality of media (technologies), exchange and reciprocity, media work; media rituals and the ritualization of media practices and events; the construction of histories and traditions in relation to media practices and the meanings of media communication for oral culture(s).
By (re-)focusing on such topics in a contemporary context, this panel invites contributions also to discuss broader questions. What has been “the point of media anthropology” as an anthropological subdiscipline and as an interdisciplinary field of research (Postill & Peterson 2009)? What are media anthropology’s legacies so far and what are its historical roots? What role does ethnography play in the anthropology of media and how has this relationship changed from a methodological and epistemological perspective? Thus, this panel contributes to the constitution of media anthropology as one of anthropology’s most thriving subdisciplines. Secondly, it adds to the understanding of media anthropology’s legacies, epistemologies, theories, methodologies and possible futures.
Askew, K., Wilk, R. (eds.) 2002. The anthropology of media: A reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Ginsburg, F., Abu-Lughod, L., Larkin, B. (eds.) 2002. Media worlds: Anthropology on new terrain. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Peterson, M. A. 2003. Anthropology and mass communication. Media and myth in the new millennium. New York & Oxford: Berghahn.
Postill, J., Peterson, M. A. 2009. What is the point of media anthropology? Social Anthropology 17(3): 334-344.
Rothenbuhler, E., Coman, M. (eds.) 2005. Media Anthropology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.