When: Monday, February 27, 2017 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: Ponderosa Commons Oak House, Room 1306A, 6445 University Boulevard
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Seminar Series MOBILE METHODS FOR RESEARCHING BODIES IN MOTION
Topic: (Re)Framing the Body: Video ethnography, critical inquiry, and bodies in motion
In this seminar, Dr. Clifton Evers, Dr. Michael Atkinson, and Yosuke Washiya will explore and discuss the use of video cameras and video technologies in ethnographic research. Dr. Evers will explore the use of videography go-alongs when using ‘an action camera – e.g. the GoPro – while undertaking a ‘wet ethnography’ and will explore some of the challenges, shortcomings, opportunities, and ethical issues of this approach. Yosuke Washiya suggests that in this “Gutenberg Galaxy”, we are receiving academic outcomes in universal, reproducible, articulated formats, giving the appearance of expanding the gap between field experiences and academic products. This gap, he suggests, is dependent on the separation of field and representation, or data collection and analysis, and is interrupted by film-based inquiry. Here, through portraying the context of taking up a video camera and his own filming engagement in the field, the presentation will bring focus back to the line between field and academic products. Dr. Atkinson will discuss where video ‘fits’ within the traditions of ethnography and ethnographic research. Is video ethnography in fact a true departure or rather an evolution in methodological approaches? And lastly, what excites ethnographic researchers about this work and what challenges may we see when conducting this research?
Clifton Evers is a lecturer in gender and cultural studies at Newcastle University, UK. His research explores gender (particularly masculinity) and media, and he has an interest in critically examining action sports (e.g. surfing). Clifton has conducted research for government departments, elite sporting organizations, community groups, media outlets, and private industry. He is an editor of the Journal of Sport & Social Issues and the International Journal of Cultural Studies. He is currently researching in the surf industrial complex, as well as thinking about the interfacing of digital media and action sport.
Yosuke Washiya is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, Department of Exercise Sciences. Yosuke is currently working on filmbased inquiry of people learning judo in multiple environments, including multilingual communication, multi-lingual historical practice, and improvisation without vision and sound.
Michael Atkinson is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto and has been an active member of the international sociology community since the mid-1990s, publishing in a range of international journals. His ethnographic research efforts have included studies of ticket scalpers, tattoo enthusiasts, fell runners, cosmetic surgery patients, Ashtanga yoga practitioners, Straightedge and Parkour youth cultures, and triathletes. His current research interests include: suffering, physical cultural studies, bioethics, biopedagogies, youth masculinities, health and sexualities, animals and society, and qualitative research methodologies.
This seminar series is hosted by the School of Kinesiology and received funding from the Faculty of Education Haagenson Fund.