THURSDAY, 19 MARCH
3:00 pm “Documenting Embodied Knowledge: An Experimental Presentation” A Workshop led by Kesha Fikes (Director of The Center for Sensorial Bodywork and Movement Therapy)
4:00 pm Opening Reception and Exhibits
5:00 pm “From Field to Stage to Screen: Aesthetic Methodologies in the Making of Sweet Tea E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern U (with John L. Jackson, Jr., U Penn)
FRIDAY, 20 MARCH
9:00 am Welcome
Anita Allen, Vice Provost for Faculty, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Philosophy, Deborah A. Thomas, Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies
9:15-10:45 Panel I: Terms And Approach – How do we define the relationships among visual, performative, and ethnographic?
What exactly is visual or performative ethnography, and what factors have prompted the “ethnographic turn”? What new critical and investigative spaces, as well as archival practices, might be opened by visual and performative work? How are new technologies, as well as new visual and performative practices for the collection of data, changing methodological approaches? What will this mean for methods across fields? What will it mean in terms of the role of participants, the ethical obligations of investigators to participants, and the concepts of aesthetic merit, reflexivity, impact, and reality?
Moderator: Regina Austin (U Penn)
E. Patrick Johnson, Performance Studies (Northwestern U), Ruth Behar, Anthropology (University of Michigan), Debra Vidali, Anthropology (Emory U), Jesse Shipley, Anthropology (Haverford)
11:15-Noon Intercession, Participatory Theatre Workshop (Led by Debra Vidali, Emory U)
1:00-2:30 Panel II: Institutionalization and Interdisciplinarity: Where do we locate the visual and the performative within the academy?
How have scholars positioned in different parts of the academy attempted to institutionalize visual and performative work at their respective universities? What strategies have worked best? What methods were deployed to translate conceptual goals into concrete institutional and administrative support? To what extent have these initiatives been driven by curricular concerns and commitments? How have their respective institutional spaces changed over time, and what strategies allow for the most successful means of incorporating a wide array of faculty, graduate students and undergrads into the Institute’s orbit? To what extent have “local communities” been engaged through these efforts?
Moderator: Herman Beavers (U Penn)
Diana Taylor, Hemi (New York U), Elmo Terry-Morgan, Rites and Reasons (Brown U), Faye Ginsburg, Center for Media, History and Culture (New York U)*, Annelise Riles, Anthropology and Law (Cornell U)
2:30-3:00 Intercession, Multi-Modality Workshop (Led by camra Penn: Sofia Chaparro, Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan)
3:00-3:30 Coffee Break
3:30-5:00 Panel III: Legitimacy and Legibility – How do we develop and disseminate evaluative standards and criteria for this kind of work?
How do we evaluate collaborative research and multi-modal work? Can evaluative standards be articulated in terms of aesthetic merit, reflexivity, impact and factual reality? Are there canonical or seminal works with which all visual or performative ethnographers in whatever field should be familiar? In what technologies should visual or performative ethnographers be proficient? What modes of visual or performative work should qualify for academic credit or merit? Are there means and venues for the dissemination of visual and performative ethnographic work that are recognized, well-regarded and widely available to facilitate intellectual exchange, criticism, debate, citation or cross-referencing?
Moderators: Deborah A. Thomas and John L. Jackson, Jr. (U Penn)
Kim Fortun, Science and Technology Studies (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Peter Biella, Anthropology (San Francisco State U), Eve Troutt Powell, School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Dean (U Penn)