Hosted by: Society for Humanistic Anthropology
Of interest to: Generalists, Practising/Applied
Primary Theme: Practicing / Applied Career Development, Humanistic Anthropology
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This workshop aims to bring together poet-ethnographers to explore how poetry allows for capturing the field and its experiences as a mode of contemporary ethnopoetics and strengthens the move for antropoesia. Renato Rosaldo describes “antropoesia,” as a bridging the cultural and social scientific fields of poetry and anthropology. Keeping the move for "antropoesia" in contemporary anthropology central, this workshop will explore ethnographic poetry as a mode of ethnopoetics that posits that an ethnographer-poet while directed by training also faces a “surfeit” of witnessing in ways other than objective. Also because participant observation as a methodology demands a visceral empathy with the field; the ethnographer-poet is doubly prone to experience and articulate the witnessing in the realm of imaginary and one, which is grounded in fact. Through guided writing, and readings we will discuss how the ethnographic poem becomes a witness that meshes together the ethnographer as a professional and a visceral human with a deeply personal voice. This workshop will aim to produce publishable pieces from the participants. This workshop will enable all anthropologists (and not just poet-ethnographers) to hone their self-reflexivity and write more insightful, nuanced and heartfelt ethnographies.