Message posted on 03/10/2022

Care and Images: CfP RAIFF 2023

Dear All,

Just a reminder that the Call for Papers at the RAI Film Festival Online Conference (6-10 March 2023) is open until 31 October.

If your work involves thinking about images and care, illness, ageing, death and/or healing, consider submitting your abstract to our panel Care and Images: Speculative Futures of Care as Visual Practice. Submissions and more info here:

Best regards,

Barbara Pieta and Paolo S.H. Favero


Long Abstract:

Care and Images: Speculative Futures of Care as Visual Practice

Convenors: Barbara Pieta (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology) and Paolo S. H. Favero (University of Antwerp)

Anthropologists increasingly think of care as a speculative practice, involving activity that is more-than-human. Plants, microbes, animals, water and soil as well as technologies, ghosts, songs, and images are now recognized as agents of care. Caring has broken away from previous oversimplified associations with protection, affect and doing good as well as from fixed notions of personhood and individualized non-permeable bodies. Our common futures are now understood as being anchored in the capacity to reimagine and responsibly intervene in current relations of more-than-human care.

This panel will interrogate these efforts to reimagine care. We will ask how care is or can be related to imagination and more broadly to imagistic (technology- assisted) practices embedded in multisensory experience. If care and vision are intertwined, in what past and current regimes are these intertwinements grounded and what futurities do they generate or limit? How, and to what extent, can images and image-making transform the power asymmetries and epistemological tensions that shape the experiences of illness, healing, ageing, caregiving, care-receiving or death in the multispecies world? If images or visual technologies can be phenomenological lenses through which we "open up" care, what new possible (or existing but marginalized) meanings emerge? Finally, to what extent are both emic and anthropological image-making shaped by ethics of care? We invite ethnographically-inspired contributions and experiments that allow us to think with and beyond these questions. By doing so, w e hope to probe the potential and limits of care as an embodied visual (research) practice.

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