SIEF2021 15th Congress

Helsinki, Finland
19-24 June 2021

Breaking the rules? Power, participation, transgression

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SIEF2021 - Audio/visual programme

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Convenors: Anna Lisa Ramella (University of Cologne), Roger Norum (University of Oulu)

Audio/Visual Programme Selection Committee: Peter Crawford (University of Tromsø), Tom Dubois (University of Wisconsin Madison), Lotta Petronella (Independent filmmaker), Itsushi Kawase (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka), Steffen Köhn (Freie Universität Berlin), Andy Lawrence (University of Manchester and, Fabian Lüke (University of Cologne), Moira Marklewitz (University of Cologne), Martin Saxer (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich), Anna-Céline Schäfer (University of Cologne), Theo Zerries (University of Cologne)

SESSION: Belonging and/as Otherness

Monday 21 June
Roundtable discussion on this topic: 14:00-15:45

3 square meters. An acoustemology of dwelling on the road

2020 | 0’ | Poland
Agata Stanisz

I have been studying sound from the anthropological perspective since 2006. I linked field recording with practicing sensitivity indispensible for conducting ethnographic research in the area of anthropology at home, especially in the context of urbanized and infrastructural day-to-day reality, where we encounter obvious, domesticated phenomena, which usually makes them transparent for us. Submitted sound installation is an audio-ethnographic “description” of daily life (work and free time) of long-haul drivers. This is the story about dwelling on the road, translocality of truckers life and experiencing industrial and infrastructural spaces through sounds. It is based on the assumption of Steven Feld’s acoustemology (sonic version of epistemology). Sound data was gathered between 2011 and 2015 during research within Polish truck drivers working for freight companies in Western Europe and who inhabit cabs of their tractors units. I spent 16 weeks in the driver’s cab, sharing with them three square metres 24 hours a day, 7 days a week



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