Visuality, Translations and Writing | Department of History

Visuality, Translations and Writing

Much of contemporary anthropology and sociology assume that the reflexive observer is located within the enterprise of ethnography itself. The analytic lens here puts into crisis the view of a unified field of knowledge. Faculty members and research students pursue this investigative path in different ways and show how anthropological knowledge signposts an intricate weave between the linear (the written word) and the horizon (the visual field). The second line of research focuses on the processes by which anthropological knowledge is made, an understanding that is necessarily also a translation – between languages, social world, the legal and the non-legal, the everyday and the extraordinary. The third contour of research demarcates how the archive becomes available as an object and technology of both meaning and transformation.