Visual Anthropology

A group to bring people together that are interested in Visual Anthropology.

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Comment by Lisbeth Kristine Olesen on November 29, 2010 at 11:40pm
Hi Leia,

Two of my study friends are doing a master in visual anthropology at Manchester University, or I'm pretty sure it's a master anyway.
Maybe you can find somehing on this page:

or on this one:

Good luck!

- Lisbeth
Comment by Michael Francis on November 29, 2010 at 11:19pm
@Leia Atkinson - There are a few out there but not many. If you are prepared to go overseas you could do a MA in Cultural and Media Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. They offer a chance to pursue a visual anthropology project and have a visual anthropology module. There are a few visual anthropologist involved peripherally in the department. Just google them and look at their website.

I am at Athabasca University and while we do not have a Visual Anthropology program we do have a Masters degree in Integrated Studies where you could focus on a visual theme within that area. You would be required to take a range of courses external to visual anthropology but could do a reading courses as well as a final project (mini-thesis) on the topic.

Now the shameless plugs are over (I am involved in both universities) you could also consider a MA at many universities in anthropology and pursue a visual project during the thesis stage. You may wish to start contacting professors to see if they have interest in such a project or you could look at other universities that do have specific visual programs.

I could also suggest looking at University of British Colombia, Temple University, Granada Centre for Visual Communication, University of Kent,

These are just off the top of my head - there are more that will allow you to pursue a visual topic even if the centre is not specifically a visual anthropology program. Look at individual instructors and see what they do and that may help indicate a possibility.

Hope that helps

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Comment by Michael Francis on November 20, 2010 at 9:59pm
For those interested in Curtis there is a new book:

Touchie, Roger (2010). Edwards S Curtis: Above the Medicine Line - portraits of Aboriginal Life in the Canadian West. Heritage House Publishing, Vancouver.

It's an interesting look at Curtis in Canada considering all the past critiques and analysis of his work in other places. It is interesting as it is stated as a celebration of his life and work instead of the criticism often heard about manipulation of images and excluding modern technologies and imagery.

I often think about the issue of representation and how it is often so contested as one excludes more than can be included and it is easy to stereotype when depicting aboriginal peoples or focusing on ceremonial garb that then becomes part of the popular imagery or is reflective of stereotypes. Working with San/Bushmen in Southern Africa I am conscious of how simple images of people hunting with spears was previously used to show primitiveness and how that same image is now used for tourism with not much language changed about primitive or man from-the-bush tropes. Yet the people I work with do actually hunt with spears due to lack of rifles as well as a way of poaching quietly to avoid game wardens. Maybe we make too much of the crisis of representation and that is why I like the Curtis book above as it does not dwell on that issue.
Comment by Sheyma Buali on November 2, 2010 at 12:35pm
The RAI's 'Anthropology of Sport' Photo Contest is open to everyone, deadline December 10. for more info:
Comment by Sheyma Buali on September 24, 2010 at 12:16pm
London anthropologists: please take a look at the events page: film screening: Living with the Invisibles followed by Q&A with Philip Hermans
Comment by Sheyma Buali on August 29, 2010 at 4:32pm
i just put up a post on my own blog of photographs with translated captions from late 1800's early 1900's Egypt. If it interests anyone, please take a look
Comment by Susan Falls on August 19, 2010 at 1:11pm
Posted by SVA: Society for Visual Anthropology Media Festival, Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans - starting nov 17th, 2010.......
The Society for Visual Anthropology’s Media Festival is screened at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. The screening is comprised of work by students, professional anthropologists, and professional filmmakers. The Festival jury, comprised of anthropologists and film scholars, selects work to be included for screening on the basis of anthropological relevance and value to the field. Low budget works receive as careful attention as high budget works. Short pieces, suitable for classroom schedules, are particularly valued. The SVA may bestow a number of awards each year. This year the jury has given awards for Best Student Work, Best Short Film, and the Jean Rouch Award for collaborative and participatory work.

Comment by ricardo leizaola on August 19, 2010 at 9:59am
Comment by Martin Hoyem on July 12, 2010 at 7:32am
Thanks for your nice words.

Susan, I will try to catch "Coming to Light." It looks interesting. If only I could rent it at my video store, but no ... I'm also reading " A Cannibal in the Archive." Thanks for the tips!
Comment by SusanLayne Nielsen on July 9, 2010 at 9:16pm
Thank you, Martin. Wonderful tour! We have been fortunate to see a few masked dances, and they are magical. You and WBY are exactly right. In performance, the mask alters reality.

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