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Methods as Unusual: Kathleen Stewart

Sawyer Seminar
When May 04, 2015
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Andrews Conference Room
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Kathleen Stewart
Professor of Anthropology—University of Texas (Austin)


Katie Stewart writes and teaches on affect, the ordinary, the senses, and modes of ethnographic engagement based on curiosity and attachment.  Her current project, Worlding, tries to approach ways of collective living through or sensing out—an attunement that is also a worlding.  These works are experiments that write from the intensities in things, asking what potential modes of knowing, relating or attending to things are already being enacted and imagined in ordinary ways of living.

Please find attached excerpts from her forthcoming book Worlding, and a forthcoming chapter in an edited volume—this is the material we will work with at the workshop, please read prior to attending!


“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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