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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Europäische Ethnologie | Termine | Temporality and thingness. Towards manyworlding futures in/of Anthropology

Temporality and thingness. Towards manyworlding futures in/of Anthropology

Teil des Institutskolloquiums Sommersemester 2021 Futures in / of Anthropology
  • Wann 11.05.2021 von 14:00 bis 16:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)
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Anne Dippel (Jena)


Multiple agents weave the fabric of temporality in a data-driven workspace, at the same time orchestrating futures and visions of (un)certainty and sparking promises to contain what is to come. What interests me, is how future phenomena are made and how temporality operates as part of a research process within a complex infrastructure, entangling humans, hardware, software and algorithms in a techno scientific as well as posthuman world of many worlds. I will address the above questions by means of an “ethnographic rhythm analysis” amongst high-energy physicists at the European Center of Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, where I was conducting long-term research. I will look into the rhythms of “doing things” and the thingness’ agencies, with a focus on material cuts and ruptures, which disturb and destabilise seemingly seamless infrastructures. This will allow me to draw preliminary sketches of what seems to be important to anthropology as a discipline to critically (re)think future(s) from a theoretical and ethical perspective.


I am a cultural anthropologist and historian with a passion for ethnographic inquiries of all kind. I studied in Berlin and London and became a specialist in scientific cultures and German speaking societies. I held fellowships, taught and researched in Germany and abroad, including at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Cluster of Excellence “Image Knowledge Gestalt” (HU Berlin), the Institute for the Advanced Study of Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS) at Lüneburg University and the Department for Ethnology at the University of Heidelberg. I did extensive ethnographic research in Vienna/Austria, Geneva/Switzerland and different physics laboratories and data centres in Europe and USA. For the purpose of my current research I have been an associated member of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN).


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