Workshop "Practices of Teamwork" 16./17.11.2018

Am 16. und 17. November 2018 findet im Iwalewahaus der Workshop "Practices of Teamwork" statt.

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How do people work together? People rarely work alone; often, they coordinate their activities with others. In this workshop, we will be discussing different practices of teamwork, taking a particular interest in how people coordinate their activities in concrete work situations. How do masons organise their tasks on a building site? How does a pit stop team perform the changing of four wheels in mere seconds? How do musicians play together, with or without a conductor? How does a football team communicate during a match in ways that the other team's players cannot decipher, even if they notice them?

Work is one of the most important topics in anthropology. How people use tools and how they interact with the material world has been discussed a great deal in this context, yet there are few studies that deal with cooperation and teamwork. This is surprising, because teamwork is a social practice per se. We are looking for thick descriptions of the working practices in and by which workers establish and sustain a common workflow; how they challenge, urge and spur on one another, while working simultaneously or alternately at a common task; how they exchange tools, materials, and/or information. How do workers relate to each other using words, gestures or any other codes? We are particularly interested in non-verbal aspects of everyday working practises.

A team working together on a project often consists of several workers with different competencies. Who knows and sees what, in such a team? To what extent does each individual have an overview of the work of the others, and of the project or activity as a whole? And what causes people to come together for work at all? Does their own performance and/or that of the team as a whole have any effect beyond the project or activity itself? Can it gain or lose them social prestige, status and/or money? Do hierarchies, dependencies, or differences play a role in the distribution of tasks, and if so, of what kind? Finally, is there a material expression of their cooperation – i.e., is the fact of their cooperation visible in their work's result?

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