CfP EASA 2020: Digital research infrastructures in social and cultural anthropology

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CfP EASA 2020: Digital research infrastructures in social and cultural anthropology
21 Jul 2020

CfP EASA 2020: Digital research infrastructures in social and cultural anthropology

 

The history of EASA conferences started 30 years ago in Portugal, in Coimbra, with the conference 'Anthropology and Europe'. Now EASA2020 is inviting you all to join in celebrating the anniversary and deliberating the present in Lisbon, at the conference New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe, taking place from 21 to 24 July 2020.

 

Digital research infrastructures in social and cultural anthropology: approaches and challenges for conducting, archiving and sharing research

As part of the EASA2020 conference, a panel on digital research infrastructures in social and cultural anthropology is scheduled on 20 January 2020. Call for proposal for the panel P058 is open, deadline is 20 January 2020

The "Digital Age" has an impact on ethnographic research: methods and tools, fields of research, publishing and access to literature have all been notably transformed over the last twenty years. Digitisation projects and open access initiatives in libraries and museums offer literature and digitised collections - ideally without barriers, yet often with restrictions -, also allowing computational processing, e.g. text and data mining. Collaboration, co-curating, and co-publishing over vast distances is now manageable via online databases and virtual labs or research environments, not only between colleagues in the academic field, but also with (former) research participants, thus offering new possibilities for collaborative research. Fieldwork is supported by smartphones, computers, and other digital equipment as well as social media applications. The discussion on these radical transformations is just beginning in anthropology. An overview on resources and developments, possibilities and challenges is missing so far. The debate on digital humanities is still mostly disconnected from anthropology.

The panel aims at provoking a broad debate on the current state of 'digital anthropology', its difficulties and possible futures by (1) discussing digital tools and platforms explicitly developed for research in social and cultural anthropology, by (2) presenting services for archiving and sharing research data, and by (3) considering legal and ethical aspects of long-term preservation, creating access to, and governing the re-use of research data. We invite contributions on digital solutions for research infrastructures and important digital resources for anthropology, as well as critical reflections on the use of digital data and tools and their methodological, epistemological, ethical and legal implications.

Please find the description of the panel here: https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/easa2020/p/8607


16th EASA Biennial Conference
New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe
21-24 July 2020 in Lisbon
ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon and ICS-Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon

The Call for Papers is now open and closes at 23:59 GMT/WEST on 20 January 2020. The full list of panels can be accessed here https://easaonline.org/conferences/easa2020/panels#all