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Methods as Unusual: Anand Pandian

Sawyer Seminar
When Apr 27, 2015
from 04:10 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Andrews Conference Room
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Anand Pandian
Professor of Anthropology—Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore)

His work concerns the ecological horizons of human aspiration and the tension between human and ecological spheres.  He sees the convolutions of inside and outside, matter and spirit, human and nonhuman as challenging us to set aside the distinction between object and method, and to try instead to think with the unpredictable life of the worlds in which we find ourselves.

Please find attached excerpts from his forthcoming book Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation—this is the material we will work with at the workshop.

“Methods as Unusual” is a sequel to the Sawyer Seminar Indigenous Cosmopolitics: Dialogues about the Reconstitution of Worlds.  It is a workshop… we will work on Methods. Yet it is not about ‘collecting data’ but about concepts, how we make them, and how we use them: i.e. concepts as tools of analysis and therefore methods as that with which we think and analyze.  Methods as Unusual… and also concepts as unusual: we will think ethnographically about concepts—as they emerge from research which, again, is not about generating ‘data,’ but about conceptually generative analysis.  ‘Methods as unusual’ is also about altering usual analytical grammars, therefore…  we will not start from the beginning (not from the subject looking at the object) but from ‘the middle’… with the relations from/with/whom/what we think (and the relations are things, places, people too!).
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