CFP for Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association 2014: December 3-7, Washington, D.C. Meeting Theme: Producing Anthropology
Panel Organizers: Chelsea Wentworth (University of Pittsburgh) and Lisa Garibaldi (UC Riverside)
Title: Employing Visual and Digital Methods to Produce an Enhanced Anthropology of Child Feeding
This panel investigates the use of visual methods in researching childhood dietary practices. Drawing on the recent resurgence of interest in the experience of childhood and the expansion of visual methodologies, these papers will contribute to our understanding of the practice of child feeding. The intersect of visual methods as instruments of data collection and the study of child feeding provides greater insight into our understandings of how children access food, children’s food preferences, and the decision-making processes of caregivers as they feed children. We operationalize child feeding as any interaction that a caregiver or the child has in making food choices, and consuming food. Much research on child feeding practice has relied on heavily quantitative measures that examine nutritional value of foods and child growth (see Birch et al. 2003, Pelto et al. 2010). However, we argue that our understandings of the practice of child feeding are greatly advanced through the use of visual methods. (more…)
Posted on: Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Posted on: Friday, February 28th, 2014
The SVA welcomes paper and poster session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. (December 3-7, 2014). The theme for the meeting is “Producing Anthropology,” which provides a rich context for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of visual anthropology.
For the 2014 Annual Meeting, the SVA programming committee consists of:
Liam Buckley (email@example.com)
Fiona P. McDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Download PDF: 2014_sva_cfp-16-jan-2013_final
Liam and Fiona are more than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, or roundtable sessions. We’re happy to assist session organizers with the structuring of their proposals. The SVA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessions, extended screening of visual materials, and fostering more dynamic discussion periods.
Here is a breakdown of upcoming deadlines and the appropriate contacts for each. (more…)
Posted on: Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Announcing the 2013 SVA Film & Media Festival! Please download the 2013 Program here: 2013-svaff-program
Posted on: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Posted on: Saturday, November 9th, 2013
AAA panel: CONFLICTING ACCOUNTS: A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON VISUAL ETHICS
Chair: Terence Wright, University of Ulster, UK.
This roundtable discussion, organised on behalf of the Society for Visual Anthropology’s (SVA) Ethics Committee, seeks to continue the SVA’s tradition of nurturing debate and critical reflection on the ethics of anthropological imaging.
The theme of this year’s roundtable focuses on visual ethnography in situations of conflict. For the purposes of the discussion ‘conflict’ may be defined loosely - as an intense rivalry between groups or as open warfare. We aim to investigate the responsibility of photographers, filmmakers, ethnographers to present a ‘balanced’ representation of the conflict. Is there an obligation to present points of view from both sides? Or does this depend on the nature of the conflict itself? For example, while one might consider it important to give accounts from both Republican and Loyalist perspectives in the Northern Ireland conflict, it may not be considered so important where repression appears quite obvious, as in the struggle for democracy in Burma/Myanmar. In such instances, is it necessary for the ethnographer to state his/her own position with regard to the conflict? Or remain aloof, aiming for a standpoint of ‘objective’ research and reporting? Or do we rely on the anthropologist to provide the ‘alternative voice’? How do we avoid, or come to terms with, imposing our own ethical or cultural values on such situations? We might also consider some of the conflicts that the anthropologist may encounter. What are the dangers of ‘embedded ethnography’: getting assistance from (or working with) the police, military, NGOs or other interest groups who might be operating to agendas that conflict with those of the ethnographer? Furthermore, do conflicts arise out of the photographic or the filmmaking process itself? The formal qualities of the medium can be used to slant the argument to favour one side over another. What are the dangers of this occurring subconsciously on the part of the ethnographer?
Taken together, the intent of this roundtable is to give practitioners an opportunity to discuss the ethical implications of in-progress or recently-completed visual research, and to draw upon the collective input of roundtable attendees to plan for or rethink our visual responsibilities.
For those interested in participating, please provide a brief description (max. 150 words) of the particular scenario or issue you wish to contribute to this year’s discussion as soon as possible, and by 5 April at the latest. Decisions will be made by 10 April, and contributors will need to register for the conference via the AAA’s web-based system by 15 April. All correspondence should be sent to Terence Wright: email@example.com.
The roundtable will take the form of a series of brief, 10-minute presentations by participants, culminating in an extended period of group discussion and debate.
Please note: As per AAA participation rules, presenting as part of a roundtable counts as a person’s one “major” role, the same as giving a paper or poster.
Posted on: Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Call for Papers: Post-human Embodiment and Unstable Media: Collaborative Engagements in Explaining Illness
AAA Panel Organizers:
DEADLINE for SUBMISSON: March 12, 2013
Representations of illness and human embodiment are experiencing a profound technological change owing to the rapid advancement of new biotechnologies and vanguard treatment techniques that offer the promise of miracle cures, enhanced anatomies, increased longevity, and a general sense of well?being. Such experiences from the patient’s point of view have traditionally been recorded as illness narratives in the form of printed media, as taken from ethnography or autobiography. Yet given the proliferation of the Internet, anyone can post a blog, image, audio or video account of their illness journey and anonymously engage with the world. With the emergence of new media, from websites, online videos, and blogs, to immersive realities, electronic texts, and digital music, illness narratives have become both virtual and transmedial, presenting a curious dual nature that is at once generative and destructive. We argue that while these “transmedial narratives” are generative, in that they may function as a creative means for expressing and sometimes transcending one’s health tribulations, they can also simultaneously be destructive, prohibitive and mimetic, in that they can reify stereotypes of illness or engage look?alike sites, which dilute the discourse.
Posted on: Friday, March 1st, 2013
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for AAA PANEL ON EXPERIMENTAL ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMMAKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Anthropologists as Filmmakers and Photographers: Experimental Trends in Visual Anthropology and Visual Ethnography
Organizer/Chairperson: Andrea Heckman
Camera. Lights. Action. Not an academic sound to our ears? Using cameras for ethnographic field notes and analysis is a methodology utilized by visual anthropologists as long ago as Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson when they collected large quantities of visual data on Balinese culture and practices. In 1987, the Society for Visual Anthropology was created to encourage the use of photography, films, video, and multi-media as valuable, legitimate methods for fieldwork, not limited as only illustrations for papers. While some anthropologists have not acknowledged visual media as a viable methodological approach, many other ethnographers have recognized the communicative power of visual representation for collecting data, analysis, and accurate presentation of and by those studied.
This panel will present new experimental approaches using film and photography for ethnographic research, analysis, and conclusions including innovations in the formats of the photo essay and documentary film work. The presentations will include global ethnographies improved upon by video clips, digital photography, and social media, and reflexive processual commentary by the researchers. Controversies will be investigated concerning the nature of research questions, interview techniques, cultural intrusion, and the social ethics of creating visual media, and consideration of the final research products, which are then transferred from one culture to inform another. The presentations will be followed by discussion in an interactive format.
If you are interested in participating in this panel for 2013 AAA in Chicago contact Andrea Heckman ASAP and submit a 250-word abstract. Presenters must be AAA members. Participation will be limited to five presentations.
Posted on: Monday, February 25th, 2013
The 2013 annual Visual Research Conference of the Society for Visual Anthropology will begin with an informal no-host dinner open to all SVA members on Monday evening November 18th followed by interactive presentations on Tuesday November 19th and Wednesday November 20th at the beginning of the 112th American Anthropology Association meetings in Chicago. These presentations are scheduled for about 45 minutes and are formatted to allow for viewing of visual material, as well as several question and answer periods during each presentation, thus facilitating much lively discussion. Each year this conference provides visual anthropologists a unique opportunity to meet and interact with others who do anthropological and anthropologically related research on visual signification, visual communication, and visual forms of representation. We invite all SVA members, from graduate students to retired professors, to submit proposals and attend the conference.
THE 2013 DEADLINE FOR VISUAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE SUBMISSIONS IS MIDNIGHT MARCH 31, 2013, GUAM TIME.
Posted on: Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
The SVA welcomes paper and poster session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Chicago(November 20-24, 2013). The theme for the meeting is “Future Publics, Current Engagements,” which provides a richcontext for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of visual anthropology. Lastyear, SVA sponsored sessions explored such diverse topics as public art, visual ethics, photography of the unsettling, sensing culture, visualizing history, aesthetic production, digital storytelling and visualizing the technological disjoint in communities.
For the 2013 Annual Meeting, the SVA programming committee consists of:
Jennifer Wolowic (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fiona P. McDonald (email@example.com)
Both Jennifer and Fiona are more than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, or roundtable sessions. We’rehappy to assist session organizers with the structuring of their proposals. The SVA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessions, extended screening of visual materials, and fostering more dynamic discussion periods.
Here is a breakdown of upcoming deadlines and the appropriate contacts for each.
Paper/Poster/Roundtable Sessions – submit through the AAA website
SVA Section Invited Session Proposals – due March 15, 2013 online
All Invited Session Proposals (paper or poster sessions) must include a session abstract of up to 500 words and information for all participants (including individual abstracts and any technical needs for your session). Submission will be through the AAA website. We highly encourage anyone planning to submit an invited session proposal to contact us ASAP, ideally by March 1. Decisions will be announced in early April.
SVA Sponsored Session Proposals – due April 15, 2013 online
All sponsored session proposals must be submitted online by April 15, 2013. This includes all paper and poster sessions,roundtable proposals, and individual paper/poster submissions. Submissions must include a 500-word abstract, as well as individual abstracts for each participant (as necessary). Participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, and fees.
Installations – due April 15, 2013 online through the AAA programming committee
Installations (a remix and rebirth of “InnoVents” and “Salons” introduced to the AAA Annual Meetings program in recent years) invite anthropological knowledge off the beaten path of the written conference paper. Presenters may propose performances, recitals, conversations, author-meets-critic roundtables, salon reading workshops, oral history recording sessions and other alternative, creative forms of intellectual expression for consideration. Selected Installations will be curated for off-site exhibition and tied to the official AAA conference program. Installations are meant to disrupt who and what we tend to see at the Annual Meetings, helping attendees encounter new people and to do different kinds of things at the intersections of anthropological arts, sciences, and cultural expression.
If you have an idea for an Installation you would like to offer that might be on interest to the SVA, please contactJennifer and Fiona ASAP to discuss the possibilities!
SVA Film, Video, and Interactive Media Festival Submissions –April 15, 2013
Contact: Harjant Gill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Karen Nakamura (Karen.Nakamura@yale.edu)
Jenny Chio (Jenny.Chio@emory.edu)
The SVA Film, Video, and Interactive Media Festival encourage the submission of short works (under 15 minutes), full-length ethnographic films, and interactive media. Awards will be given to the best works in a number of categories,including student films and short films. The submission deadline is April 15, 2013, with early-bird discounts for submissions sent before March 1, 2013. Festival Submissions open February 1, 2013. Please check the SVA website for complete details (including information on where to send your previews).
Submit films via Withoutabox.com (WAB):
SVA Visual Research Conference Submissions -March 2013 (due date TBA)
Andrea Heckman (email@example.com)
Jerome Crowder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The SVA Visual Research Conference provides a collegial environment for the presentation of works-in-progress, as well as research findings. Sessions are allotted approximately forty-five minutes for several scheduled presentations and discussions, thus facilitating real engagement between the audience and the researcher(s). The Visual Research Conference will take place November 17- 19, 2013.
Check the SVA website for updates regarding the SVA Film, Video, and Interactive Media FestivalSubmissions and SVA Visual Research Conference Submissions
Posted on: Wednesday, January 30th, 2013