"CO" – Co-productions, collaborations, contestations coming together in Copenhagen
Taking inspiration from the conference location of CO-penhagen, the Öresund Region, and the conference being a result of a CO-llaboration between ethnologists and folklorists from both sides of the Sound, we hereby invite our Nordic colleagues to reflect upon different forms and inflections of CO in both historic and contemporary contexts.
CO is the English language prefix meaning with, together, joint, or jointly. It points in the direction of partners or assistants – as in co-authors or cohabitants, but can even indicate a relationship including a subordinate, as in a co-pilot or co-driver. The overall idea of the conference is to explore the analytical, methodological and theoretical potentials of the prefix CO. What does it actually mean when cultural analysts state that people and objects co-constitute each other in everyday practices? How do we engage in collaboration in our research practices as well as in the field as a means of generating empirical material? What exactly is co-produced in our analyses, and who and what takes part in such a co-production? What is a collaborative analysis, how is it done, and where are the potential pitfalls?