Session at the 16th EASA Biennial Conference: New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe

The world is changing, perspectives are changing, ways to look, collaborate and present findings are becoming much more variable, much more creative, much more demanding. Working with visuals offers numerous prospects to analyse and display challenges that people are confronted with worldwide.

The world is on the move. It is changing rapidly. Media confront us with images of incidents all over the globe. How can anthropologists working with visuals gain and offer new and more profound insights and analyses? Since the the first EASA conference at Coimbra, visual anthropology has constantly sought out new forms and methods of working with visuals. Nowadays a wide range of collaboration and expression are feasible. But visual practices and methodologies still raise many questions. What kinds of insights are provided by new forms of creativity? What new ways are there for us to work collaboratively with visuals, and with what analytical impact? What are the consequences of more widespread dissemination of our research? And how do we cope with ethical questions, given the increasing distance between the public use and abuse of visual images and academic constraints on them? This panel also invites papers on projects of different types looking for new horizons in and beyond both Europe and academia. How can we use our skills, methods, and insights to understand and explain situations that different societies are struggling with? What practical applications are thinkable, what new insights are imaginable, and for whom? How can public audiences benefit from the insights that visual practices and methods have to offer?


  • Felicia Hughes-Freeland (SOAS)
  • Beate Engelbrecht (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)