David Plath - Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Having stumbled into a project that has me doing a video ethnography of a colleague doing field-note ethnography – a project in ethnography squared – I keep tripping over issues of awareness. Do life course convoys act differently when they include an ethnographer? How should we reconcile the cold-eyed recordings of the camcorder with the warm-eyed memories of participants? And how do we preserve ethnography’s human scale while we widen its reach with digital technology – and avoid drowning in information overload? With words and film clips I raise these issues for discussion.