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The Making of Lissa: Still Time—An ethnoGRAPHIC Novel

On World Anthropology Day, we are thrilled to highlight an important project that is currently in the works. This guest post is about the making of a graphic ethnography, scheduled to be published by the University of Toronto Press in 2017. Here, the filmmaker, Francesco Dragone, who is documenting the process of transforming scholarship into graphic novel form, outlines a recent trip to Cairo, Egypt organized by the academic authors to help the artists better understand the physical, social, political, and cultural landscape in which the novel is situated. We’ll be offering periodic updates on this project throughout the year, with more from the authors on the challenges and opportunities that graphic novels offer for realizing ethnographic research. read more…

  • dateFebruary 18, 2016
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  • posted byFrancesco Dragone
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Learning Graphic Novels from an Artist’s Perspective

About five years ago, I was hit by a bolt of lightning. It happened on an otherwise normal workday, while I was struggling to tame what was becoming an increasingly unwieldy project. In a single bright flash, I pictured the entirety of my project in the form of a graphic novel. Establishing shots that parachute the reader into a specific place. Close-ups that bring the reader into the mind of a person. Simplifications that focus attention. Relationships among people inscribed in gestures, pose, action. Panels whose very internal composition and arrangement on a page move the reader through multiple perspectives. Pages whose layout make an implicit argument about how one thing is connected to another. In my mind’s eye, the exaggerated staging of sequential snapshots could lift my story out of the sticky slowness of explanation. read more…

  • dateFebruary 27, 2015
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  • posted byStacy Leigh Pigg
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Happy International Anthropology Day!

We thought that February 19th—National Anthropology Day—should be a day for thinking about not just what anthropology has been but what it might become. And so we invited the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography to talk a little about who they are and what they do in supporting a more creative ethnographic practice. Because we can all stand to be more imaginative about the work we do. read more…

  • dateFebruary 19, 2015
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  • posted byAnne
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Keeping Score in Children’s Sports

A controversy sparked by the decision of the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) to do away with keeping scores and team standings for competitive players under age 12 (U-12) connects in intriguing ways with concerns explored in my recent ethnography…. read more…

  • dateMarch 13, 2013
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  • posted byNoel Dyck
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