This week was extremely busy, as can be seen from the amounts of reading. I had somehow missed the two assigned texts for Qualitative Methods – both quite long and dense, and on the subject of coding for grounded theory. I managed to squeeze them in right before class though. In addition I finished writing up my ethnographic fieldnotes assignment for that class only the day before (due to a late peer review, which in turn was due to my original “peer” dropping out of the course). I was not happy with the results of my assignment, but take comfort in the fact that of all assignments we’ll do, this is probably the least important, and the course is not graded. Even so, it’s annoying to not deliver the best you can.
For my upcoming presentation in Digital Anthropology I registered on Facebook (hello again, old bitch!), Instagram and Snapchat.
We also got a special introduction to Second Life, which I appreciated immensely. I didn’t even know this virtual world still existed.
But mostly I worked on my presentation for Unit 5 of Ethnographic Film, which will happen on Tuesday. I had a meeting with my co-presenters and will now write up my part of the presentation.
- Kahn, Seth (2011): Putting Ethnographic Writing in Context. In Writing Spaces: Readings on Writings, vol. 2, p. 175-192.
- Emerson, R. M. et al (1995): Processing Fieldnotes: Coding and Memoing. In Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes, p. 142-168.
- Miles & Huberman (1994): Chapter 4: Early Steps in Analysis. In Qualitative Data Analysis: An Expanded Sourcebook, p. 50-89.
Ethnographic Film, Unit 4
- Jarvie, Ian Charles (1983): The Problem of the Ethnographic Real, incl. comments and reply. In Current Anthropology, Vol. 24 (3), p. 313-325.
Ethnographic Film, Unit 5
- MacDougall, David (2001): Gifts of Circumstance. (Review of Making Forest of Bliss: Intention, Circumstance and Chance in Nonfiction Film.) In Visual Anthropology Review, vol. 17 (1) (spring-summer 2001), pp. 68-85.
- Bucci, Mauro (2012): Forest of Bliss: Sensory Experience and Ethnographic Film. In Visual Ethnography, vol. 1. n. 1 (June 2012), p. 30-53. (Extra, skimmed very selectively.)
Digital Anthropology, Unit 4
- Boellstorff, Tom et al (2012): Chapter 2: Three Brief Histories and Chapter 4: Research Design & Preparation. In Ethnography and Virtual Worlds. Handbook of methods, pp. 13-28 and 52-64.
- Kendall, Blake (2016): Sharing the Road: the Post-Internet Hitchhiker. In Journal of Visual and Media Anthropology 2, no. 1, pp. 40-55.
The films to this unit were all “machinimas”:
- Blake Paul Kendall: Sharing the Road: The Post-Internet-Hitchhiker (16 min)
- Yoonha Kim: The Buillagers (10 min)
- Leandro Goddinho Nery Gomes: Positive YouTubers (15 min)
- Lola Abrera: Virtual Balikbayan Box (Phillipines 2015, 15 min)
- Ahmed El-Kadi: Let Me Walk ‘Ubering’ (8 min)
In addition we watched a rough cut by one of the presenters.
Digital Anthropology, Unit 7
- Abidin, Crystal (2018): Chapter 1: What is an internet celebrity anyway? In Internet Celebrity. Understanding Fame Online, p. 1-18.
I was contacted by a person on a Japanese website. Following ethical protocol, I replied by introducing myself as an anthropology student and asked if I could ask him some questions for a study. He obliged and I sent off a couple of questions of quite a personal nature. He replied. I was exhilarated, not least because we were communicating in Japanese. So I now have my second informant, in a totally different area, and I will call him “B”. He might be a candidate for my machinima project in Digital Anthropology.
- The Economist: Chip wars: China, America and silicon supremacy
- The Economist: Obituary: Stan Lee died on November 12th
- The Economist: Obituary: Raed Fares was shot dead on November 23rd
- Queer.de: Der Feldzug des grünen Stadtrats gegen die Darkrooms
- Aftonbladet/Anders Johansson: Återträffen – en lögnaktig film
- Tvdags/Magnus Blomdahl: VARFÖR NEKA TILL ATT ÅTERTRÄFFEN ÄR EN HÄMNDFILM?
- Anna Odell: Återträffen (The Reunion, 2013). Rewatched. Still as brilliant; as an anthropology student I now saw the film as an autoethnography.