REFAMILIARIZING THE ESTRANGED: DIGITAL REPRESENTATION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES THROUGH SHARING, COLLABORATION, AND NEGOTIATION

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 8:00 AM-9:45 AM

Centennial G (Hyatt Regency)

In the past decade, digital anthropology has increasingly gained access to all sub-fields of the discipline capitalizing on the new medium’s effectiveness in connecting a variety of stakeholders across multiple key issues. Indigenous communities and researchers engaged in projects focusing on Indigenous issues were no exception to this trend. The possibilities digital anthropology offers are many, yet one particular aspect, the ability to take ideas familiar to Indigenous peoples and represent them through a fresh medium to a substantially wider and potentially culturally diverse audience, has created new questions concerning representation, authority, and negotiation in collaborative work. Outcomes from ongoing projects and constantly evolving technology continue to shape digital anthropology. Therefore, ethics and best practices are only a starting point in the discussion centered on the politics of representation of Indigenous peoples and communities in a digital environment. Questions exploring the most challenging aspects of digital collaboration and discourse regarding the need to incorporate Indigenous epistemologies in project design and outcomes are timely and needed. Moreover, exploring how we can re-familiarize key concepts that become estranged in the digitization process is a crucial element of virtual representation that is meaningful both in the local and global contexts. Drawing on the rich data digital initiatives contribute to anthropology, this panel seeks papers that reflect on the politics of representation in the process of reframing the familiar in a digital environment in a way that results not in estrangement, but empowerment of Indigenous communities. We take a broad approach to digital anthropology and particularly welcome projects that incorporate multidisciplinary methods such as heritage preservation initiatives, online games, virtual repositories and exhibitions, digital language preservation projects, films, android and IOS apps, 3D technologies, digital databases and depositories, interactive books, cyberlearning, virtual repatriation, tribal web portals, MOOCs and localized web design initiatives.

This session would be of particular interest to:
Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Students

Organizers:  Medea K Csoba DeHass (University of Alaska Anchorage) and Christina Gish Hill (Iowa State University)

Chairs:  Christina Gish Hill (Iowa State University)

8:00 AM
3D Technology in Collaborative Heritage Preservation
Medea K Csoba DeHass (University of Alaska Anchorage)

8:15 AM
Representing the Apprenticeship through Dialogue and Collaboration
Lorenzo Ferrarini (University of Manchester)

8:30 AM
The Politics of Representation and Digital Language Revitalization Projects Sonja John (Humboldt University Berlin)

8:45 AM
Reassembling “The Social Organization”: Collaborative Ethnography and Digital Media in the Making and Remaking of Franz Boas’s 1897 Monograph Aaron J Glass (Bard Graduate Center) and Judith E Berman (University of Victoria)

9:00 AM
Envisioning Arctic Futures: Digital and Otherwise
Barbara A Bodenhorn (Cambridge) and Olga Ulturgasheva (University of Manchester)

9:15 AM
Cheyenne Odyssey: Representing Removal in an Educational Video Game Christina Gish Hill (Iowa State University)

9:30 AM
First Story: Toronto’s Indigenous History As Smart Phone App
Heather A Howard-Bobiwash (Michigan State University and University of Toronto), Victoria Freeman (York University) and Jon Johnson (York University)

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