Cristina Grasseni is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She was David & Roberta Logie Fellow and Harvard Film Study Center Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2011/12), then Visiting Scholar and Department Affiliate of the Anthropology Department of Harvard University (2012-14). Among her books: "Beyond Alternative Food Networks. Italy’s Solidarity Purchase Groups'' (2013, London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic), "Developing Skill, Developing Vision. Practices of Locality in an Alpine Community" (2009, Oxford: Berghahn Publishers. Revised and translated from "Lo sguardo della mano". Bergamo University Press, 2003) and "Skilled Visions. Between Apprenticeship and Standards" (ed., Berghan 2007).
Title of Talk: Skilled Visions: Ecologies of Belonging and Sensorial Apprenticeship
Teaser: Originally based on fieldwork with dairy breeders in the Italian Alps, the notion of "skilled vision" elaborates on the fact that visual apprenticeship is a form of relational and situated learning. Skilled visions proliferate, both in professional communities of practice and in everyday socialization. For example, strategies of collective self-representation rely on forms of naturalized social classification. After introducing the notion of Skilled Visions, I will provide current examples from the Italian-American community of Boston, analyzing social networks imagery and self-stereotyping ("Christmas in August", 2013, with F. De Musso).