Collaboration in Theatre/Anthropology

Caroline Gatt has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Aberdeen and is project assistant for Town Is the Garden, Deveron Projects, and an honorary research fellow at the University of Aberdeen. Her recent publications include the monograph An Ethnography of Global Environmentalism: Becoming Friends of the Earth (2018); the special issue “Collaborative Knowing: Considering Onto/Epistemology on Collaboration” in Collaborative Anthropologies; and the collaborative and experimental collected volume The Voices of the Pages (2017), also as editor.

Gey Pin has explored the theatrical/anthropological context of her research with Caroline, a Research Fellow at Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen (2013-2018). Our joint research is realised and under the support of the department’s Knowing from the Inside project. The focus of our research continues to be the “care of the self”. The nature of our research is one of “an affinitive or associative relations…without necessarily threatening the discipline, rigorous character of [our respective field], mak[ing] space for a genuine collaboration…[and] mutual learning” (Gatt 2016: 3). It aims to be “an anthropology otherwise…experimenting with performance anthropology…in which to converse with subaltern knowledges” (Gatt 2015: 2-3). This research has been conducted through numerous worksessions, (for instance, “Crafting Anthropology Otherwise” organised by Gatt in 2016 & 2017 in Aberdeen)and it has been presented at various conferences and symposiums in Europe, UK and USA. Several joint-publications also were born out of this collaboration (See more under Publications).

photo (above): Marc Higgins

photo (left): Ang Gey Pin