Message posted on 17/11/2022

CfP DGSKA Panel AG Visual Anthropology "Claiming Agency: Thinking critical with and about (Audio-)Visual Sovereignty - Counter Visuality - Collaborative Visuality", Munich, 25-28 July 2023.

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Dear all.

Today we would like to invite you to submit your proposal to the DGSKA panel "Claiming Agency: Thinking critical with and about (Audio-)Visual Sovereignty - Counter Visuality - Collaborative Visuality" organized by the AG Visual Anthropology for the DGSKA conference in Munich, 25-28 July 2023.

Please send your submission (max 200 words) until December 15, 22 directly to Cathrine Bublatzky and Thomas John

Attached and below you find further information about the panel and here about the general DGSKA CfP

We are looking forward to your proposals.

Best wishes

Cathrine and Thomas


Senior Lecturer and Researcher Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology Burgsteige 11 Tuebingen University 72070 Tuebingen, Germany

email: phone: +49(0)7071 29-73999

project: Iranian Diasporic Photography latest publication: Mobile Belonging in Digital Exile (2022, OA)


Workshop Claiming Agency: Thinking critical with and about (Audio-)Visual Sovereignty - Counter Visuality - Collaborative Visuality

AG Visual Anthropology Speakers:

Cathrine Bublatzky Thomas John

Ongoing discourses about (Audio-)Visual Anthropology (Nichols 1991; Minh-ha 1992) and its research including filmmaking, participatory/shared cinema, photography or (audio-)visual representations demonstrate a challenging diversity of knowledge production and its contestation. Of central interest is therefore discussing the potential of new approaches and research models that address and question non-transparent knowledge production, asymmetrical forms of representation or one-dimensional cultural mediation. With a critical reflection on agency and autonomy, this panel invites contributions on experimental, collaborative and co-productive research projects that situate (Audio-)Visual Anthropology at the intersection of contesting knowledge and its production. “How can decolonial, participatory, activist or collaborative research look like?”; “How fruitful can the co-production of knowledge and its representation be, to whom, when, why?”

While recognizing the interdisciplinary potential (in Anthropology and beyond), we understand ‘the (audio-)visual’ to be significant in discourses concerned with analysing asymmetrical power relations and global inequalities associated with ‘the crisis of representation’ and contested knowledge production. Thus, conceptual approaches such as visual sovereignty, counter visuality, epistemic disobedience, collaborative visuality as practices deserve critical reflection, especially when new situations of political contestation and charged cultural concepts (e.g. identity, gender, "race") develop in (audio-)visual and media cultures.

Possible themes:

  • indigenous or activist (audio-)visual knowledge production
  • visual documentation-, co-creation, collaboration (film, photography, websites, installations, performances, labs,..)
  • class, gender, race, religion and the dilemma of non/hegemonic visual representation
  • (de)coloniality and the crisis of representation
  • (audio-)visual ethnography in times of crisis (war, revolution, climate change,..)

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