Event: Technology, Scale, and Difference in Contemporary Anthropology
Organizers: Laboratory for a prospective Anthropology, Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve | University of California-Irvine
Place: Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)
Dates: 15-17 May 2013
Presentation: Without idealizing, exaggerating, or demonizing them, it is certainly the case that information and communication technologies are transforming the world and its inhabitants. While these transformations are taking place with a rapidity that can make their ethnographic analysis seem impossible, the starting point of our conceptual framework is that it is not only feasible but imperative that we better understand the multiple and often-unexpected character of these transformations. In particular, the emergence of online and mobile technologies compels rethinking questions of globalization that were a major theme of anthropological inquiry in the 1990s. In light of these various concerns, we open two lines of inquiry: one focusing on spatiotemporal transformations, and the second focusing on questions of difference.