Date: December 16th, 10am

Venue: Level 3, Room 12, Emily McPherson Building (Corner of Russell and Elizabeth Streets)


Ethnography can be understood as simultaneously a fieldwork science::documentary art in the way it attempts to address fundamental questions about human existence but grounds these in the everyday lives of persons in different societies across the world. It employs practical research methods in the field to generate new knowledge about human beings and is largely a text based discipline that relies upon written accounts and arguments—and to a lesser extent film, photography, sound recordings, drawings and material artifacts—to document and communicate its theories and findings to academic and non academic audiences. Consequently, this presentation will draw on recent classic and experimental works that have been produced under the rubiric of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, including film and sensory ethnography, experimental and multi-media works, photo essays and graphic art, sound and voice research, performative methods and ethnofiction.

Andrew Irving is Director of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester. His research areas include sensory perception, time, illness, death, urban anthropology and experimental methods, film and multi-media. Recent publications from 2014 include “Whose Cosmopolitanism?” (2014: Berghahn Books), “Beyond Text: Critical Practices and Sensory Anthropology” (2014: Manchester University Press). Other works in 2014 include “The Man Who Almost Killed Himself” a play in collaboration with Theatre Director Josh Azouz that was shown on BBC Arts, at the Odeon Cinemas and the Edinburgh Fesitval, and which can be seen here:

Brought to you on behalf of Screen Cultures and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre.

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