Konferenz: „Framing, Compiling, Sampling“, April 2015 in Basel


Framing, Compiling, Sampling: Sensory Practices in Cultural Analysis

Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (SGV) und die Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Ethnologie (SEG).In Kooperation mit dem Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie, Basel.

23.-25. April 2015
Wildt’sches Haus am Petersplatz 13 | CH-4051 Basel

Organisation: Dr. Sabine Eggmann und Dr. Silvy Chakkalakal

Given the enduring debate about materiality within the Social Sciences, it is clear that ma- terial objects fundamentally influence the lives of people. The cultural-analytical engagement with these ‘socio-material networks’ involves both an aesthetic and a sensory dimension, which arise out of the objects themselves and their perceptible presence. This also originates from our understanding of the very practice of anthropological research: Our academic concepts and practices, our choices of topics and material, its arrangements and representation create certain aesthetics. ‘Material’ – the German term ‘Stoff’ (substance, matter, narrative material, fabric, topic) makes this even clearer – has a polysemantic meaning especially in relation to practices of research and their different forms of medialisation: Be it in ethnographic or archival work, we are dealing with fabric and material understood both as something physical as well as aesthetic concentrations. How can we make these differentiations of the ‘material’ fruitful for cultural analysis?

Thursday, 23.04.2015:

13.00 h – 14.30 h: Arrival and Registration

14.30 h – 16.00 h: Opening
Dr. Sabine Eggmann (SGV)/Juliane Neuhaus, M.A. (SEG).: Welcome Address
Dr. Silvy Chakkalakal (Basel/Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europ. Ethnologie, Universität Basel): Framing the Conference

16.00-17.00 h: Section I: Framing
MA James Harvey-Davitt (Cambridge/Department of English, Communication, Film and Media , Anglia Ruskin University): The Nine Muses: Framing Art and Migration after the ‚Gallery Film’

17.00 h -17.30 h: Coffee break

18.15 h – 20.00 h: Dr. Nicole Wolf (London/Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College): Public lecture
Affiliating myself with materialities. Reflections on vulnerability and agency in political still and moving image archives.

20.00 h Apéro
Friday, 24.04.2015:

9.00 h – 10.00 h: Section II: Compiling
Dr. Silvy Chakkalakal (Basel/Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Basel): “Grasping the cultural surplus” – Cultural Anthropology and the Artistic Field in the 1920s and 1930s

10.00 h – 11.00 h:
Dr. Mark Gamsa (Tel Aviv/Department of East Asian Studies and Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies, Tel Aviv University): Two Million Filing Cards: The Empirical Method of Semen Vengerov

11.00 h – 11.30 h: Coffee break

11.30 h – 13.00 h: MA Cecilia Valenti (Düsseldorf/ Forschungszentrum der Philosophischen Fakultät, Heinrich Heine-Universität Düsseldorf): Blob as a TV diary – Assembling as an anthropological practice

13.00 h – 14.30 h: Lunch break

14.30 h – 16.00 h: Roundtable: Methodologies of Cultural Fabrics
Moderation: Dr. Silvy Chakkalakal (Basel)

MA Uta Karrer (Basel/München, Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Basel/Seminar für Volkskunde/Europäische Ethnologie, LMU München)
Dr. Christiane Schwab (Berlin/Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Mag. Birgit Johler (Wien/Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde)
MA Baptiste Aubert (Bern/Independant Filmmaker/Social Worker)

16.00 h – 17.00 h: MA Anne-Sophie Reichert (Chicago/University of Chicago): Reenacting liveness, representing movement – On the difficulty of capturing performance in artistic practice and ethnographic inquiry

17.00 h – 17.30 h: Coffee break

18.15 h – 20.00 h: Dr. Konrad Kuhn (Basel/Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Basel): Doing Research and Writing on the “Culture of the Many” – Anthropological Knowledge Production by Swiss Volkskunde between 1930 and 1960

20.00 h: Conference Dinner
Saturday, 25.04.2015:

9.00 h – 10.00 h: Section III: Sampling
MA Georg Fischer (Berlin/Institut für Soziologie der Technischen Universität Berlin): “Hunter and Sampler” – Authenticity and reflexivity of auditive practices in the context of music production

10.00 h – 11.00 h: Dr. Katrin Amelang (Frankfurt/Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Institut für Soziologie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main): Numbers, probabilities, algorithms – Ethnografic and culture-analytic inquiries

11.00 h – 11.30 h: Coffee break

11.30 h – 13.00 h: Roundtable Discussion:
Framing, Compiling, Sampling – Reflections on Knowledge Production
Moderation: Dr. Friedrich von Bose (Berlin/Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

MA Shreesha Udupa (Hyderabad/India, School of Literary Studies, The English and Foreign Languages University Hyderabad)
MA Jared McCormick (Harvard, Cam./Mas., Social Anthropology, Harvard University)
Dr. Silke Andris (Basel/Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Basel)
Dominique Hurth (artist, curator, professor/New York, Berlin)

13.00 h: End

Roundtable Discussants and their projects:
MA Uta Karrer (Basel/München): Aesthetization of Objects and Artists of So-called “Outsider-Art” From Poland (PhD-project)
Dr. Christiane Schwab (Berlin): Mediatization of the Social in European Periodical Literature (1830-1850)
Mag. Birgit Johler (Wien): Furniture From Freud’s Dining Room, Maresfield Gardens, London – Material for Remembrance (Exhibition 2015, Vienna)
MA Baptiste Aubert (Bern): „Ce qu’on fait de nos peines“ (Filmproject 2014, Switzerland)
MA Shreesha Udupa (Hyderabad, India), Parergonal Abyss and the Postcolonial Predicament: Studying the Reflective Traditions of South India (PhD-project)
MA Jared McCormick (Harvard, Cam./Mas.), The Reproduction of the “Golden Age”: Memory, Materiality, and Postcards in Lebanon (PhD-project)
Dr. Silke Andris (Basel), Remixing Originals: Re-Working Cultural Analysis
Dominique Hurth (artist, curator, professor/New York, Berlin), “Un Cop D’Ull“ (Exhibition 2012, Barcelona & Liverpool)

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