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The future of multimodal anthropology: exploring venues of public engagement and academic publishing

Updated: Nov 2

CALL FOR PAPERS. 17th RAI Film festival. 6-10 March 2023 online. Deadline 13 November 2022. Submit a paper here


Myself along with the amazing Dr Letizia Bonanno and Jose Sherwood González are pleased to announce a call for papers for our panel "The future of multimodal anthropology: exploring venues of public engagement and academic publishing" to be held at the 17th RAI Film Festival! Have an idea? Submit a paper here


This panel wants to explore novel ways to unsettle traditional anthropological modes of inquiries and invites contributions that engage with multimodal practices and have engaged with outlets for multimodal publication.



Multimodal anthropology has the potential to unsettle disciplinary boundaries and provide an entry point into debates from different angles, whether that be digital, text, film, drawing, theatre, photography. The unsettling of disciplinary boundaries also offers an opportunity for anthropologists to engage publicly in new meaningful and impactful ways.

In the American context the tide is turning with an emphasis on the multimodal. In Europe, the newly established Multimodal Ethnography Network is another example of a collective response to multimodal anthropology and ethnographic practice.

The momentum surrounding multimodal anthropology is birthing alternative ways of knowing, collaboration, and dissemination. However, it seems that publishing venues are not just yet attuned to such growing interest and often are unable to accommodate multimodal publications.


Following on from such considerations, this panel asks: what space does multimodal publishing have in British Anthropology? In an increasingly digitalised world, is multimodal publishing the future of an engaged anthropology? What is the future of multimodal anthropologies? Is multimodality just another ‘theoretical turn’ which is only temporarily capturing the academic imagination or is it actually paving the way towards alternative futures for publishing and public engagement? In trying to answer these questions, this panel seeks to foster creative, critical, and pluri-disciplinary dialogues and productions between researchers in anthropology, on its fringes, and beyond.



As such this panel wants to critically explore novel ways and modes to unsettle traditional anthropological modes of inquiries and invites contributions that engage with multimodal practices and publications beyond the traditional conference paper presentation.


Have an idea? Submit a paper here Deadline 13 November 2022.



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