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Pauline Strong, Director HRC 3.360, Mailcode F1900, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-2654

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Slow Ethnography: explorations in duration, writing, and observing. Open Studio

Thu, September 4, 2014 • TBA

A demonstration by Dr. Zoe Bray of her working process. Dr. Bray is trained in both anthropology and realist painting. She has developed her social anthropological research in the Basque Country (Spain) in conjunction with her practice as a realist painter. Through portrait painting, which is characterized by long periods of sitting and casual conversation, Dr. Bray has produced an innovative set of methods for developing rapport, for interviewing her subjects, and for gathering research data.

Over the space of three or four days Dr. Bray will paint a portrait of Professor Kathleen Stewart in a public space.  Spectators will have the opportunity to chat with the sitter and the painter, to observe the painting process, and to interact with educational materials provided on site.

Following the portrait painting a public roundtable will be convened on the subject of duration and inter-personal affect in cultural research.


Sponsored by the UT Department of Anthroplogy, Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada-Reno, Ethnographic Terminalia, and the Humanities Institute through the Viola S. Hoffman and George Hoffman Lectureship in Liberal Arts and Fine Arts

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