Society for Cultural Anthropology
Oral Presentation Session
Abstract: There is a growing recognition of the importance of attending to atmosphere as a significant aspect of social life (Stewart, 2011, Anderson, 2009, Ingold 2012, Dragojlovic 2015). Contributing to the anthropology of affect and vitalist ethnographic work this panel explores affective attunements as encounters that are monitored and/or engineered through processes of sanitization, achieved through various forms of enhancements practices, or intensified/given new attention through mobilities or stillness. The aim of the panel is to further study relationship between sounds, silences, and reverberations at the intersections of anthropology of affect and anthropology of sound. This papers in this panel offer theoretically nuanced contributions drawing on affective and vitalist ethnographies that engage in diverse topics within a range of atmospheres and anthropologists' relationships with their interlocutors and locales. Papers in this panel address aural refusal and race negotiations in a country fair in the US, "sadvertising" and aesthetic labour in Thailand, binaural recordings and abled/"disabled" in fieldwork, sound and sonic signification in Toronto's Chinese communities, aural apophenia and enka popular music, and museum aesthetic environments.