Sensate is a peer-reviewed, graduate-student-run journal for experiments in critical media practice. It aims to create, present, and critique innovative projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences and to build on the groundswell of pioneering activities in the digital humanities, scholarly publishing, and innovative media practice to provide a forum for scholarly and artistic experiments not conducive to the printed page.
Posted on: Sunday, January 8th, 2012
Table of Contents
Tattoo Removal: Three Snapshots
Ravens and Film: Stories of Continuity and Mediation
A Child’s Right to Participation: Photovoice as Methodology for Documenting the Experiences of Children Living in Kenyan Orphanages
“I’ll Show You My Wounds”: Engaging Suffering through Film
Many Mexicos, Vistas de la frontera. Arizona State Museum. November 19, 2010–November 17, 2012.
Eating Alaska. Directed by Ellen Frankenstein, 2008, 57 minutes, color. Distributed by New Day Films, P.O. Box 1084, Harriman, NY 10926, http://www.newday.com
Umiaq Skin Boat. Directed by Jobie Weetaluktuk, 2008, 31 minutes, B&W and color. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, 101 Morse Street, Watertown, MA 02472, http://www.der.org
Hong Kong: Migrant Lives, Landscapes, and Journeys. Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Global Indigenous Media: Culture, Poetics, and Politics. Edited by Pamela Wilson and Michelle Stewart. ••: Duke University Press, 2008.
Making the Scene: A History of Stage Design and Technology in Europe and the United States. Oscar G. Brockett, Margaret Mitchell, and Linda Hardberger. San Antonio: Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, U of Texas P, 2010.
Viewpoints: Visual Anthropologist at Work. Edited by Mary Strong and Laena Wilder. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009.
Posted on: Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Guest Editors of the Dossier: Heinz Nigg (Universität Bern) und Kathrin Oester (PH Bern)
Media anthropology examines how people relate to media, how media produce and reproduce reality and how they are embedded within economic and political contexts. How does technological change shape and transform media landscapes? What is so specific about media communication and its aesthetic expression? These questions show that media anthropology cannot be reduced to the tradition of ethnographic film or visual anthropology alone. Visual anthropology has become one among other fields of interest in media anthropology. New topics arise, like the study of communication with and through social media or their use as interactive tools in research and teaching. Last but not least, audiovisual media are now indispensable for communicating anthropological work to a wider public, particularly in settings of transnational dialogue. The number of universities and colleges offering postgraduate programmes in media anthropology or visual studies is growing. It has also become an accepted practice for students to submit academic work in the form of film, photographic documents and exhibition.
Both visual and media anthropology, are exposed to similar epistemological questions: Are the messages transmitted by audiovisual documents different to those transmitted by written texts? Or are written texts, spoken words and visual representations just different versions of the same content? The growing popularity of audiovisual media in societies across the world suggests that images and sounds address our senses in a more direct way than written texts. The picture of a person wounded in a war can evoke strong feelings of pity, horror or disgust. Or the painting of a solitary landscape may elicit personal memories or feelings of nostalgia. However, if a written text is metaphorically charged, it can also speak immediately to our senses with great emotional and poetic impact. So the relation between text, image and sound is a complex one. As much as we complement visual perceptions with specific notions and ideas, in order to know and classify an object, we also complement verbal messages and notions with visual associations in the process of knowledge production. (more…)
Posted on: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
Iranian Studies, Special Issue: “Beyond the Iranian Frame: From Visual Representation to Socio-political Drama”
Iranian Studies, Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies, Routledge
Visual anthropology and ethnographical film studies are gaining an increasingly critical place in the study of contemporary Iran, and of its diverse people, traditions and ways of life. At a time when much research in Iran still proves to be a close to impossible task, visual materials are often the only resources available to those seeking to understand Iranian current affairs and sociality. This collection brings together one of the first interdisciplinary sets of research conducted by a new generation of visual anthropologists, visual researchers and film specialists, studying Iran through documentary films and visual resources. Part of its originality stems from the freshness of some of the subject matter presented. The contributors of this collection dialogue not just with more familiar, albeit complex topics, such as pastoral nomadism, the Iran-Iraq war, and Iranians in the diaspora, but are also interested in exploring new and emerging phenomena in Iran such as transgenderism, globalization, and the multiple consequences of the 2009 presidential crisis. This is a timely and relevant set of essays that aims to contribute towards a more complete appreciation of a society currently undergoing significant and impacting changes. (more…)
Posted on: Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
A Special Issue of South Asian Popular Culture will be published in July 2013 on: Terror and Media
The spectacular 26/11/2008 attacks on Mumbai brought South Asia to the forefront of (western) discourse on terrorism. International and internal media coverage consociated the Mumbai calamity with the spectacular 9/11 attacks by terming the Mumbai tragedy “India’s 9/11.” Several assessments denied The South-Asian context and subordinated it to Western history and conceptualizations. Public resentment of such analysis was articulated by Amitav Ghosh and Arundhati Roy among others, who called for decolonizing the media coverage, in other words to contextualizing the issue of terrorism within specific South Asian frameworks.
This special issue aims at exploring pivotal theoretical and socio-political concepts related to representations of terror in contemporary South Asian visual cultures. Our aim is to lay the groundwork for a critical reexamination of terror and media in the South Asian context, and contribute to three interconnected areas of analytical import: 1. the theoretical debate on terrorism within South Asian conceptualizations and contexts; 2. a reconsideration of identity formations, cultural constructs and nationalism; and 3. the mass mediation of terror. (more…)
Posted on: Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
Between Art and Anthropology
Between Art and Anthropology provides new and challenging arguments for considering contemporary art and anthropology in terms of fieldwork practice. Artists and anthropologists share a set of common practices that raise similar ethical issues, which the authors explore in depth for the first time.
The book presents a strong argument for encouraging artists and anthropologists to learn directly from each other’s practices ‘in the field’. It goes beyond the so-called ‘ethnographic turn’ of much contemporary art and the ‘crisis of representation’ in anthropology, in productively exploring the implications of the new anthropology of the senses, and ethical issues, for future art-anthropology collaborations.
The contributors to this exciting volume consider the work of artists such as Joseph Beuys, Suzanne Lacy, Marcus Coates, Cameron Jamie, and Mohini Chandra. With cutting-edge essays from a range of key thinkers such as acclaimed art critic Lucy R. Lippard, and distinguished anthropologists George E. Marcus and Steve Feld, Between Art and Anthropology will be essential reading for students, artists and scholars across a number of fields.
Posted on: Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Popular Anthropology Magazine seeks submissions from Visual Anthropologists for publication in future issues. Each quarter, Popular Anthropology Magazine features the photography of a visual anthropologist on the cover of the magazine. In addition, a two-page spread on the inside of the magazine is devoted to both the photography and the biography of the visual anthropologist.
Popular Anthropology Magazine is a free online magazine with over 1,400 subscribers on six different continents. Tentative June 2011, we will also be going in print in the continental United States.
Submissions may be sent electronically to:
Posted on: Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
No longer unsecure about their aesthetic sensibilities, contemporary ethnographers have expanded upon the established tradition of impressionistic and confessional fieldwork to produce works that not only stimulate the intellect, but that also delight the senses. From visual to reflexive ethnography, from narrative to arts-based inquiry, from hypertext to multimodal scholarship, and from autoethnography to performance ethnography, fieldwork has undergone a revolution in data collection practice and strategies of representation and dissemination. Innovative ethnography is a catalytic field of experimentation and reflection, innovation and revelation, transformation and call to action.
The new Routledge Innovative Ethnographies book series publishes fieldwork that appeals to new and traditional audiences of scholarly research through the use of new media and new genres. Combining the book and multimedia material hosted on the series website, this series challenges the boundaries between ethnography and documentary journalism, between the scholarly essay and the novel, between academia and drama. From the use of narrative and drama to the use of reflexivity and pathos, from the contextualization of ethnographic documentation in felt textures of place to the employment of artistic conventions for the sake of good writing, this series entertains, enlightens, and educates.
Series editor: Phillip Vannini, Royal Roads University, Canada
Posted on: Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY, the premier international journal in our field, is planning to present several innovative issues during 2010, dealing with Bollywood(!), cultural hybridity in Hong Kong, the visual aspects of ritual behavior, and certain aspects of using the visual arts, both publicly and privately. In addition, we need to announce some important changes of address. Beginning in January 2010 our editorial office will be relocated to California. All correspondence and manuscript submissions should now be sent to:
Submissions and other correspondence can normally be sent by e-mail, and this address remains unchanged: < email@example.com >
Posted on: Sunday, October 25th, 2009
What: Practical Matters, http://www.practicalmattersjournal.org/submissions
The online, multimedia academic journal Practical Matters invites multimedia submissions in the categories and genres of film, video, soundscape, new media, photography, art, and performance pieces (broadly construed) that engage the topics of ethnography, ethnography and theology, and anthropology of religion for an upcoming issue on the theme of Ethnography and Theology. This issue will explore the numerous intersections of ethnography, theology, and the study of religion. We are also interested in work that examines these themes in relation to pedagogy and religious practices.
The issue will explore questions such as (1) how do new approaches such as visual ethnography and web-based multimedia possess the potential to deepen and elevate the doing of ethnographies that investigate “religious” phenomena and theological questions? (2) can the questions and discourses of theology and religious studies enrich the doing and creating of ethnography across disciplinary boundaries? (3) what are the contributions of ethnographic fieldwork to the study of religion, ritual, and theology?(4) what emerges through the teaching of ethnographic tools to students of theology and religion?
Posted on: Monday, July 13th, 2009