Shifting Worlds, Shaping Fieldwork : A Memoir of Anthropology and Art book cover
1st Edition

Shifting Worlds, Shaping Fieldwork
A Memoir of Anthropology and Art

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after February 26, 2021
ISBN 9781350128095
February 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages 50 Color Illustrations

SAVE ~ $8.99
was $44.95
USD $35.96

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

Reflecting on fieldwork for the 21st century, anthropologist and artist Susan Ossman invites readers on a journey across North Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Ossman makes art and text equal partners, creating three "waves" of research, developed on media, globalization and migration. She reveals fieldwork today is not only about being immersed in a place or culture, but instead creates a field, and sets the frame, rhythm and tone for research.

Exploring diverse settings including a colonial villa in Casablanca, a Cairo beauty salon, a California mall turned gallery, and Amsterdam’s Hermitage museum, Ossman guides the reader through the relationship of individual to collaborative work. Vividly drawing art and anthropology together, Ossman develops programs with multiple outcomes, from conceptual advances to dialogue, from artwork to new kinds of communities.

Comprising a new kind of autoethnography, this book is a primer for anthropology, and a history of field design.

Table of Contents


First Wave

Chapter One: Gathering

Chapter Two: Spinning

Second Wave

Chapter Three: Call and Response

Chapter Four: Vibrant Circles

Third Wave

Chapter Five: Moving Subjects

Chapter Six: Concept to Comunity

View More



Susan Ossman is Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Riverside, USA.