The lab will host its second iteration of its Back From the Field series. Three students from the anthropology and sociology program at Concordia and McGill will share with us their ongoing research.
Hailey Baird, Master’s Candidate in Anthropology, Concordia University.
Title: Propositions from the Blur; An Ethnography of Consent in Contact Improvisation
This research explores idioms of consent as they intervene in the practice of Contact Improvisation, an improvised movement form, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
Anne-Marie Turcotte, PhD Candidate Social and Cultural Analysis, Concordia University.
Title: Challenges of conducting fieldwork in an intercultural collaborative research context
In Nunavik, children break close to 2000 windows every year by throwing rocks at them. Using a collaborative art-based approach, my research seeks to explore, through the concept of affective practice (Wetherell), what this phenomenon can reveal about youth’s experiences in relation to the built environment.
My research is conducted in close collaboration with the Nunavik Youth Houses Association (NYHA), an organization I have been involved in for the past 16 years, which is entirely led by Inuit youth and dedicated to inspiring a new generation of young leaders. For this talk, I will discuss the many challenges of conducting fieldwork with youth in an intercultural collaborative context.
Philippe Blouin, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, McGill University.
Title: For an anthropology of and as alliance : methodological lessons from Mohawk warriors
Drawing on my work with founders of the Mohawk Warrior Society, I explore how the Two Row Wampum’s conception of alliance as resting on the acknowledgement of cultural heterogeneity inflects my ethnographic work on the field. Using Derrida’s theory of hospitality as bound to hostility, I question the priority traditionally given to observation over participation since Frank Hamilton Cushing’s work with the Zuñi. Against Cushing’s endeavor to “become Indian”, I suggest that alliance, by acknowledging a mutual incommensurability, gives insight into a different form of anthropological knowledge focused on relationality.