Vol. 2, Issue 2. (Autumn, 2019)

ISSN 2516-5860


Editorial 1-6
Sevasti-Melissa Nolas and Christos Varvantakis pdf HTML


A Vision for Embera Tourism 7-26
Dimitrios Theodossopoulos pdf HTML
The Ghost of Karl Marx 27-32
Alize Arıcan pdf HTML
Crisis of presence 33-38
Geska & Robert Brečević pdf HTML


I swear I hated it, and therefore I drew it’ 39-55
Letizia Bonanno pdf HTML

Having acknowledged the ‘visual silence’ that has since long fallen over drawing as an ethnographic method, this paper sets off to vouch for a return to drawing in the field as a practice which, it suggests, is both generative of alternative ethnographic insights and productive of new modes of  (self)reflexivity.  Through references to existing literature on methods and theories of visual anthropology as well as evocative flashbacks to personal fieldwork experiences, this paper enters in dialogue, and responds to Ingold’s call for graphic anthropology, and aims at further opening up, and expanding upon today’s debate on visual methods.

Unpacking the sonic memory – Between the familial and the museum, remembering the French Revolution bicentenary 56-73
Elsa Guily pdf HTML

With regards to the exhibition ‘Paris-London: Music Migrations, 1962-1989’, I investigate the repercussions of representations within the memorialization of the Republican citizenship embedded in the myth of French Revolution (1789), at the National Museum of Immigration History (MNHI) in Paris. One part of the exhibition showcases a dedication to the Bicentenary parade in Paris. The commemoration marks the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, which was choreographed by the artist Jean Paul Goude and orchestrated by the musician composer Wally Badarou. My research aims at knitting narratives in doing a visual research collage that overcome the delusional idea of the Wes’ embedded in Nationhood as well as in colonialism, together with issues of citizenship representations entangled within the very definition of the National Museum, towards more visibility of postcolonial democratic voices fighting for social justice.

Uma ficção inútil – 小說無用 – tiểu thuyết vô dụng 74-79
Cheon Kin Man pdf HTML

Confused, frustrated but encouraged, he put his whole “him” into this film. The filmmaker approached his life struggles as a dilemma between the filmed and the non-filmed, the translation and the impossibility of communication, the voice-over and the subtitles. As a fan of Kon Ichikawa and Yasunari Kawabata, and a lover of Michio Takeyama’s novel “Harp of Burma” back then, he tried to express that complexity in a series of multilayered fictive/true stories through visual, audial and, especially, textual manipulations while questioning the power structure of image quality. Mixing his banal daily life, his past, and the filmmaking process, the filmmaker raised several anthropological and essentialist questions on nature, origin, language, non-existence, identity, visual media and dominant cultures. He strived to find answers in a circle of interpreting himself in a conflict between oppressed and powerful languages, retranslating what was translated and letting others reinterpret him from both within and without the film. But would everything really become useless when one transcended boundaries inside one’s mind?

Qualitative Method: An imaginary entanglement of research in a gallery space 80-100
Ruth Boycott-Garnett pdf HTML

This work is built around an imagined space where the messiness and constant movement of research in-the-world is contrasted with the intended neatness of outputs. The piece uses creative writing, curation and photography to outline complex elements of qualitative research.

On the fields of tobacco: Changing perspectives and expanding methodologies through visual ethnography 101-110
Manca Filak pdf HTML

The Muslim Pomak community in southeastern Bulgaria is producing tobacco for sale. Less and less people still endeavor in this hard-working process due to low and unstable purchase price of the dry tobacco leaves. Despite the primary interest in the working process, the usage of camera in the research allowed me to change my perspective, to see and look at this process in different way. It helped me to understand the materiality and the sensual aspect of this hard work that starts in the middle of the night and how it’s routine affects my protagonists. Every research topic makes us expand upon our methodologies in various ways in order to explore what and how we need to look at a certain topic. The tobacco picking process as well as visual media can therefore be explored through (and not parallel to) each other, revealing connections, sensorial dimensions and world views isn’t that, perhaps, otherwise would not be seen. Through reflexive analysis of my visual ethnography I will consider the anthropological engagement with the subjectivity of the research encounter as a way of producing knowledge or ways of knowing about other worlds.



[Review] Alternative Art and Anthropology: Global Encounters 111-114
Chien Lee pdf HTML

This review examines Alternative Art and Anthropology: Global Encounters, edited by Arnd Schneider. This book offers a chance to engage with artistic and anthropological thinking practised beyond the confines of Euro-American part of the world. The potential of translation is emphasised and realised in various ways by each contributors.

[Review] ‘Free your mind’ – and your research 115-121
Anna Pilson pdf HTML

On 26-27th June 2019 Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS) at Manchester Metropolitan University held the inaugural Collaboration, Creativity and Complexities Conference. Intended to showcase youth-informed research projects, this multidisciplinary conference was one of the first international conferences to be held in the UK that focused on co-producing academic and community-based research projects with young people. This re-view provides an overview of some of the main themes that emerged from participation in the conference activities for Anna Pilson, a 1st year PhD student, and the impact it has had on her project in offering practical ideas and cultivating theory.