Doing fieldwork in the limit of human habitability
We will carry out our fieldwork on two presuppositions that seems undeniable:
"Marginality related to distant cultural spaces has always existed as the result of the implementation of specific policies that give advantage some peoples and regions over other ones. These policies have decisively contributed to exacerbate the prior adverse environmental conditions faced by pastoralists in some of the most challenging regions of the world".
S. Carralero Benítez
"The current situation of pastoral peoples is to a substantial degree a
consequence of this state consolidation and imposition of control"
P. C. Salzman
A multi-sited ethnography in High Asia focusing on mobile pastoralism
Three approaches for describing a common environment
This dynamics explores the relation between pastoralists and their socio-economic and geographic environment using the annual cycle of seasonal movements across the mountains
Following water courses
A secondary working line explores the relation between highlanders and lowlanders, and how farming and city live are seen from High Asia through the common thread of the great rivers
Introspective exercise based on the comparative study related to the multi-sited fieldwork. which will be practically translated into a cultural production process (book, documentary)