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Decolonizing Multimodal Anthropology and the Politics of Collaboration

Budapest campus
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This event is organized by the Vienna Visual Anthropology Lab (VVAL) of the University of Vienna in collaboration with the Visual Studies Platform, Central European University, and it is the first class of a series of online master classes on New media practices for social research

Master Class by Arjun Shankar (Georgetown University)

Dr. Arjun Shankar is an anthropologist, critical pedagogue, and mediamaker. As a visual anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker, he has been interested in developing decolonial participatory visual methodologies and in multimodal evaluation and publishing. He has primarily focused on the neocolonial politics of representation, global circulation, and reception of the "impoverished" and "suffering" child figure - and on new multimodal methods as alternatives to these paradigms. As a current editor with the multimodal section of American Anthropologist and an advocate for Curiosity StudiesShankar asks questions about the possibilities of non-textual knowledge production and challenges us to think anew about scholarship, pedagogies, and the political role of the academician. 

During this online Master Class, Shankar will lead a conversation with students and staff of the CEU and University of Vienna. He will elaborate on the import of decolonial methodologies in multimodal anthropology, and support participants in pursuing collaborative research practices. 

When: Tuesday 19 January 2020, 5.30 p.m.

Where: Zoom

For whom: students and staff of the CEU and University of Vienna