Kuñangue Online: an Other conference

This project is a collaborative knowledge-exchange between UCL MAL and the Kuñangue Aty Guasu: the Guarani & Kaiowá indigenous women’s council meeting, which this year will take place onlineIn tandem, we are finalising preparations for MAL’s Multimedia Encounters conference, and the translation of this event into an online format invites us to reflect on the parallels between the knowledge practices of indigenous communities and those of anthropologists.

UCL MAL has initiated a partnership with the Kuñangue Aty Guasu, the annual meeting of Guarani & Kaiowá indigenous women in Brazil, which this year will take place online. The Kuñangue Aty Guasu, led by Guarani & Kaiowá female elders and shamans, is an important space for indigenous women to exchange information, opinions, and proposals for action, and is a key site for Guarani & Kaiowá political mobilisation. Its transition to an online format presents challenges in terms of logistics and infrastructure, but is an important way to combat the digital isolation that Guarani & Kaiowá communities have been experiencing since the beginning of Covid restrictions. MAL will be providing technical support to community leaders, and assist the digital communications infrastructure that will be required. This collaboration takes place in parallel to the organisation of MAL’s inaugural conference: Multimedia Encounters, and we have invited indigenous leader and anthropologist Jaqueline Aranduhá to deliver a keynote presentation on indigenous knowledge practices. The translation of this event into an online format invites us to reflect on the parallels between the knowledge practices of indigenous communities and those of anthropologists, and leads us to consider the indigenous meeting as an Other kind of conference, and the conference as an Other kind of indigenous meeting. By casting one as a variant of the other, this project explores the different forms that knowledge dissemination and debate can take online, unsettling the privileged position of academic conferences as the accepted form of knowledge.

 

 

This project is a collaborative knowledge-exchange between UCL MAL and the Kuñangue Aty Guasu:  the Guarani & Kaiowá indigenous women’s council meeting, which this year will take place online.  MAL will be providing technical support to community leaders, and assist the digital communications infrastructure that will be required. In tandem, we are finalising preparations for MAL’s Multimedia Encounters conference, we have invited indigenous leader and anthropologist Jaqueline Aranduhá to deliver a keynote presentation on indigenous knowledge practices. The translation of this event into an online format invites us to reflect on the parallels between the knowledge practices of indigenous communities and those of anthropologists. By casting one as a variant of the other, this project explores the different forms that knowledge dissemination and debate can take online, unsettling the privileged position of academic conferences as the accepted form of knowledge.

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