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Thursday, October 27 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Devising Scores for Ethnography

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This a practical workshop for devising scores for ethnography. This workshop extends experiments from earlier CoLED workshops in bringing methods from devised improvisation of dance, theatre and performance into ethnography. Choreographer J. Burrows describes two main ways of classifying scores: The first kind is something written as a representation of the piece itself, a template which holds within the detail, in linear time, of what you will eventually see or hear. In the second kind of score, what is written or described is a tool for information, image and inspiration. It acts as a source what might happen or what might emerge, but the whose shapes may be different form the final realization.

In this ethnographic workshop we are interested in the second. One of the advantages of the score is a distraction for the performer, providing a focus away from their self-consciousness and fear. Along the way we will discover and discuss how all methods of ethnography come embedded with explicit and implicit instructions. These habitual and disciplined instructions operate like scores limiting the possible engagements with fieldwork. Designing and devising scores for ethnography will provoke innovative fieldwork in training and in practice. We will be inventing and collecting new scores.

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Duskin Drum

Ph.D. Candidate in Performance Studies, University of California, Davis
duskin drum is an artist, performer, sailor, and woodsman. At UC Davis, he is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies with emphases in performance practice-as-research, Native American Studies, and Science and Technology Studies. Currently, he is writing a dissertation about petroleum... Read More →
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Joe Dumit

Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis
I study how science and medicine change and how the lives of Americans, including consumers, patients, doctors and scientists also change as the nature of facts and evidence change. My first book, Picturing Personhood: Brains Scans and Biomedical America (Princeton University Press... Read More →
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Sarah Rebolloso McCullough

Associate Director at the Feminist Research Institute, University of California, Davis
Sarah Rebolloso McCullough creates meaningful and respectful dialogue across boundaries that typically divide—between universities and communities, activists and researchers, scientists and humanists, workers and policymakers. Her book manuscript examines how sensations such... Read More →
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Kevin O'Connor

Ph.D. Candidate in Performance Studies, University of California, Davis
Kevin O’Connor, MFA choreography is a Ph.D candidate in performance studies at UC Davis.  He is  multidisciplinary artist working as a choreographer, dancer, improviser, circus artist and installation artist.  He is involved in a decade long artistic collaboration with Ruth Douthwright... Read More →

Thursday October 27, 2016 2:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
iHouse Great Hall Side Patio/FirePlace Circle