October 28, 2008

References gathered by Anne

The following references have been circulated on the mailing list.

More will appear here shortly on the various discussions we had during the day. One thing we intensively traded were suggestions for further literature. These suggestions are always welcome, as many of the issues raised cross boundaries and have been addressed in fields we may not be familiar with. From the many suggestions that came up on the workshop mailing list after the event, I consolidated the following list.

Mette suggested a reference for Anne's paper: Okely, Judith. (1994). Vicarious and sensory knowledge of chronology and change. Ageing in rural France. In K. Hastrup, & P. Hervik (Eds.), Social Experience and Anthropological Knowledge (pp.45-64). London: Routledge.

A reference from TL mentioned for Jenny was Toril Mortensen's "Flow, Seduction, and Mutual Pleasure" from the Other Players conference. Sadly the proceedings no longer seem online so probably have to just drop her a line directly to dig up a copy (or google). Her blog is at http://torillsin.blogspot.com/.

Casey wrote eloquently of Avital Ronell's book, The Test Drive:
Ronell, Avital. 2005. The Test Drive. Chicago, Illinois: University of
Illinois Press.

Our extreme submission to the test [or game] – this is what the test requires – runs the risk of wearing down to the point of obliteration the one being tested. ... [W]hat won't kill you will make you stronger. Yet – assuming this peculiar perspective to be viable – one needs to come close to the killing point before suddenly desisting. (Ronell 2005, p. 145).

He uses this work in his recent dissertation,
O'Donnell, Casey. 2008. "The Work/Play of the Interactive New Economy: Video Game Development in the United States and India." Dissertation Thesis, Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, Troy, NY.

In thinking about forms of Ethnography that break our typical molds, Casey would really recommend:

Fortun, Kim. 2001. Advocacy after Bhopal: Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

Fortun, Mike. 2008. Promising Genomics: Iceland and deCODE Genetics in a World of Speculation. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Available online at http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/10456.php

Kelty, Christopher M. 2008. Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. For more information, see http://www.dukeupress.edu/cgibin/forwardsql/search.cgi?template0=nomatch.htm&template2=books/book_detail_page.htm&user_id=6332&Bmain.item_option=1&Bmain.item=16185

Casey also found the following to be a great example of how scholarly practice can be different:

Kelty, Christopher M., Michael M. J. Fischer, Alex "Rex" Golub, Jason Baird Jackson, Kimberly Christen, Michael F. Brown, and Tom Boellstorff. 2008. "Anthropology Of/In Circulation: The Future of Open Access and Scholarly Societies." Cultural Anthropology 23.3:559-588. Available online at http://blog.culanth.org/incirculation/section-1/

This text is also circulating around the VKS, and may be the object of a more formal discussion soon, as it does raise important issues about the role of editors and publishers in the aggregate of activities we have traditionally called ‘publishing’.

Affect and emotion also came up time and again, across several of our discussions.

Again, Casey sent on some interesting resources:
Stengers, Isabelle. 2000. "Another Look: Relearning to Laugh." Hypatia 15.4:41-54.

Wilson, Elizabeth A. 1998. Neural Geographies: Feminism and the Microstructure of Cognition. New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Wilson, Elizabeth A. 2000. "Scientific Interest: Introduction to Isabelle Stengers, "Another Look: Relearning to Laugh"." Hypatia 15.4

Jenny noted the importance of the meaning of tables, chairs and writing in Mette’s paper, and recommended Sara Ahmed's book Queer Phenomenology, as relevant—and also a brilliant read.

Sal drew our attention to Jo Tacchi's Ethnographic Action Research model, a version of which you can find at http://ear.findingavoice.org/intro/4-6.html

This is not an academic text but a training manual for the project workers that train on site in local areas in South Asia where she does much of her research. This is ethnography as intervention and with goals for change in a way that is probably different from how ethnography is mostly conceived. Sal quite liked some of the tools is the toolbox section where they map communication ecologies and media use. Even though this text is aimed at people who don't know what ethnography is, or what action research is, Sal still found it a useful 'refresher' in a back to basics way.

October 20, 2008


Many suggestions of further reading were made during the workshop. Please feel free to send them as comments of this posting. Commenting should be possible without logging in.

Mette has already suggested a reference for Anne's paper:
Okely, Judith. (1994). Vicarious and sensory knowledge of chronology and change. Ageing in rural France. In K. Hastrup, & P. Hervik (Eds.), Social Experience and Anthropological Knowledge (pp.45-64). London: Routledge.

October 10, 2008

Registration to AoIR

From Anne:

On Wednesday, the registration desk will only be officially open from 10-16, so workshop participants will have to register during the coffee-breaks or in the lunch break. The organisers will try to have nametags ready before 9, so as exception from the rule, participants to the workshop can just pick up those on arrival, and then come back during a break and do full registration (get the conf bag, be crossed off on a list etc).

October 7, 2008

Workshop program

9.00-9.15 Welcome, TL

9.15-10.45 CONTIGUITY, chairing TL
  • Anne Beaulieu: From Co-Location to Co-presence: Shifts in the Use of Ethnography for the Study of Knowledge, resp. Mette Terp Høybye
  • Martijn Oosterbaan: In the City and on the Net: Brazucas em Barcelona and Brasileiros na Holanda, resp. Jenny Sunden
  • Casey O'Donnell: Ethnography of a Moving Target: Thinking in Terms of a Vertical Slice, resp. Lilia Efimova
10.45-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.00 ACCOUNTABILITY, chairing Jenny
  • Mark Chen: Ethical Tensions between the roles I Play, resp. Anne Beaulieu
  • John Banks: Consumer Co-Creation in Games Development: Ethnographic Research and Performing Social-Network Markets, resp. Adolfo Estalella
12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.30 AFFECTIVITY AND EMBODIMENT, chairing Sal
  • Mette Terp Høybye: Armchair Anthropology Revisited –engaging in social experience on the internet, resp. Anne Beaulieu
  • Jenny Sunden: Ethnographic Desire: On Closeness and Methodological Uncertainty, resp. Casey O’Donnell and Sal Humphreys
  • TL Taylor: Ethnography as Play, resp. Mark Chen
14.30-15.00 Tea break

15.00-16.30 SCHOLARLY PRACTICES, chairing Anne
  • Sal Humphreys: The personal is political is professional. The intersections of bodies, emotions, and work in the field of play, resp. Martijn Oosterbaan
  • Adolfo Estalella: Blogging as fieldwork: More than producing knowledge, performing reality in ethnography, resp. John Banks
  • Lilia Efimova: Blending Blogging into an Academic Text, resp. TL Taylor
16.30-17.00 Closing discussion, chairing TL

17.00-20.00 Drinks and dinner at Les Trois Cochons, Værnedamsvej 10, Copenhagen

Workshop participants

Here is a list of the workshop participants:

John Banks (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

Anne Beaulieu (Virtual Knowledge Studio, The Netherlands)

Mark Chen (University of Washington in Seattle, WA)

Marinka Copier (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Lilia Efimova (Telematica Institute, The Netherlands)

Adolfo Estalella (Open University of Catalonia)

Sal Humphreys (Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

Casey O’Donnell (University of Georgia, GA)

Martijn Oosterbaan (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Jenny Sundén (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)

T.L. Taylor (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Mette Terp Høybye (Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Loes Vollebroek (alma mater Utrecht University, The Netherlands), Invited as reporter

Hanna Wirman (University of the West England, UK), Invited as reporter