Innovative and Creative Opportunity for Research Dissemination
Engaging the Future through Engaging the Past invites participants to take a walk down the “road of development,” stopping along the way at interactive stations. Each station will display a representation of a facet of community life and how it has been impacted by development processes. The representations will be made up of a looping video piece, artist interpretations and an interactive component. The looping video will be comprised of select anthropologists relating details of how the particular development process has played out among the communities they have worked with. Participants will be self-guided and can choose to view all or some of the video loops. We are opening the call for anthropologists’ videos for seven stations: religion, education, healthcare, infrastructure, changing economies, changing environments and foods.
Development is a problematic and often-critiqued concept in anthropology. This installation provides a fresh look at some of the elements associated with the development process through a multi-media, interactive exploration of how these themes are interpreted, embraced and incorporated into people’s daily lives. Moving beyond a simple development critique, the installation invites participants to experience how a diverse group of community members, anthropologists and artists interpret particular development events related to specific development forces: religion, education, healthcare, changing economies and foods, as examples. This focus on the diversity of experience highlights a richer understanding of these ubiquitous forces beyond what is “good” and what is “bad,” giving individual community members a voice in the discussion. The installation allows the participants to experience multiple engagements with multiple futures and pasts, with each stop on the road highlighting an aspect of development as it relates to a particular anthropologist’s work, a particular artist’s interpretation and a specific participatory action. This is an embodied experience and participants will use all their senses as they travel down the “road of development.” This event draws on a wide range of field research- from rural Belize, semi-rural Peru, urban Baltimore to New York City. Invited academics and artists represent this wide range of locations, from Miami to Oxford, UK. The installation is ongoing and the “road” is open for participants to arrive at anytime during the session. A minimum of a half hour is suggested to fully experience the installation.
Please be specific about the community of study to which you are referring and avoid generalizations unless they are illustrated by your research.
Please draw primarily on your own research and firsthand experience. You can speak about the work of other scholars but in reference to your own observations.
If you choose to answer questions from multiple categories- and we encourage you to answer as many as you deem relevant- please mention your community of study in your response for each category.
The responses will be edited for future events and online publications, and this will help maintain clarity.
If you choose to speak on a particular category, please answer at least the first question, but feel free to include relevant information not covered by these questions.
Reconsider Dissemination: “The Road of Development” by Victoria Costa and Kristina Baines is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.