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March 6, 2015

Photography summer school

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​​international Urban Photography Summer School (iUPSS) 2015
Goldsmiths, University of London
17-29 August 2015

Designed for photographers, artists and ethnographers whose work address notions of urban space and culture, the international Urban Photography Summer School provides a highly intensive two-week practical and theoretical training in key aspects of urban visual practice. The course aims to offer participants a wide range of relevant skills resulting in the production of a photography portfolio drawn from London’s urban environments along with a collective final exhibition.

The programme has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Urban Photo Fest and the international Association of Visual Urbanists (iAVU). The course will be taught by tutors from Goldsmiths’ Sociology Department and the international MA in Photography and Urban Cultures. The programme draws on the advanced theoretical, research and practical image-making specialisms of key practitioners in the field.

Summer School tutors include: Paul Halliday (MA in Photography and Urban Cultures Course Leader), Beatriz Véliz Argueta (HU Berlin/ Goldsmiths), Les Back (Goldsmiths), Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths), Mandy Lee Jandrell (Southampton Solent University/ Goldsmiths), Peter Coles (Goldsmiths), Alex-Rhys Taylor (Goldsmiths), Manuel Vázquez (Goldsmiths), Laura Cuch (Goldsmiths) and Jasmine Cheng (Goldsmiths).

The programme will explore how the practice of urban image-making informs the development of a reflexive and critical research perspective and will include assignments and guided fieldtrips focusing on (1) landscape, (2) material objects and ​street photography and (3) portraiture.

The Summer School will take place from 17th-29th August 2015.

Application deadline: May 15th
For more information: www.iupss.com

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February 12, 2015

John Collier Jr. Award

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2015 JOHN COLLIER JR AWARD

The John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography is awarded periodically to an author or photographer whose publication, exhibit, website, or other multimedia production exemplifies the use of still photographs (both historical and contemporary) for research and communication of anthropological knowledge.  The submission must have a strong visual research perspective along with being good documentary photography and be within five years of the original publication date.

The project must be nominated by a current SVA member and include the consent of the person nominated. A letter of nomination from the SVA member and the supporting material (including name, book title or exhibit, website or multimedia production, publisher, author’s mailing address, phone and email) should accompany three copies of the creative work and be sent to the Committee Chairperson, which must be received by the deadline below. Submissions cannot be nominated directly from the publisher. Collections of writings by multiple authors will not be considered nor can previous winners submit another time.” The same work may be submitted a maximum of two times. The SVA board appointed committee of three then reviews the submitted works to decide on its merits. Winners are announced during the SVA/AAA meetings and presented with a John Collier Jr. or Mary Collier print, courtesy of the Collier Family Collection, and a certificate of recognition.

Submissions for 2015 should be mailed to: The Collier Committee c/o Andrea Heckman, Chairperson, P. O. Box 714, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.

Deadlines for 2015 Submission and Award Notification:

  • March 15: Deadline for receipt of nomination materials and submission to SVA.
  • July 31: Committee decision will be submitted to SVA President and Secretary.
  • August 10: Award information submitted to AAA program committee.
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November 25, 2014

2014 John Collier Jr. Award

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Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Homes 

by Jeanne E. Arnold, Anthony P. Graesch, Enzo Ragazzini, and Elinor Ochs (2012: The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press at UCLA, Los Angeles).

Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Homes

Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Homes

The Collier Award is given for excellence in the use of still photographs for research and communication of anthropological knowledge. The Alfred P. Sloan Center at UCLA conducted a study from 2001-2005 of the material worlds of contemporary middle class Americas through the participation of 32 families, faculty members, and students of archaeology, socio-culture, and linguistics who produced a wealth of visual material data. A multi-disciplinary team created over 20,000 digital photos, mapped floor plans and furniture, filmed video tapes of family interactions, completed questionnaires, and videos of family narrated home tours of their own spaces. Panoramas were constructed with still photos to accurately represent the interior and exterior spaces, which helped to reveal everyday family behavior and interactions. This publication of the study is a straightforward accessible and innovative work that breaks new ground in anthropological communication of American culture by showing us our own habits including possessions as symbols of affiliations displaying our ideas of who we are through sports, art, religion, and travel. Food and how we organize our kitchens; what we do in our leisure, our obsession with electronics, and our “zeal” to personalize our spaces as repositories of memories and identity punctuate the study.  

The images not only supplement the text but also are themselves rich ethnographic data revealing archaeology of today including our 21st century consumerism through which we search for individual identity. These are photos taken by social scientists that gained intimate access to the domestic domain of American life in an attempt to bring anthropology to a broader public through ambitious and innovative methods. The study has amassed a wealth of data on material culture that begs for further analysis but this publication has achieved substantial merit by demonstrating many of the principles of visual anthropology championed by John Collier Jr. and Malcolm Collier, thereby granting it the 2014 Collier Award winner.  

Please visit our awards page for more information about past winners.

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April 15, 2014

EURORAMA – One Europe of peoples in ethnographic film festivals

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Trento 27th – 28th April 2014

Filming the other, filming the intangibile
To the far east of Europe: Russians and Romanians horizons

Eurorama8 presents 11 award winning films which in 2012-2013 took part to some of the most important European festivals of ethnographic film: Sibiu (Romania), Ljubjana (Slovenia), Yekaterinburg (Russia), Belgrade (Serbia), Boltaña (Spain), Vienna (Austria), Tartu (Estonia), Edinburgh (Scotland), Bilbao (Portugal), Kratovo (Macedonia), Dakovo (Croatia). The first section, under the caption “Filming the other, filming the intangible”, recounts of some elusive aspects of our society, such as psychological distress, religious feelings, the time of feasting and everyday life, the joy of creativity, the harmony of gestures and the making of improvised poetry. The second section “In the far east of Europe: Russians and Romanians horizons has two films set in Romania, a country still struggling with the painful changes of the post-socialist era. The other films are set on the far edges of the Russian continent, from neighbouring Azerbaijan, through to the suburbs of Moscow and the remote villages of Siberia.

Eurorama is a ethnographic film section of the Trento Film Festival, the website of the Trento Film Festival is this: http://www.trentofestival.it/

The website of the Museum, which organizes Eurorama is this: http://www.museosanmichele.it/Page.aspx?id=6344&m=121512&lang=en

PROGRAM:

Sunday 27th April 2014

Cinema Multisala Modena (viale S. Francesco d’Assisi, 6 – Trento)

EURORAMA 8.1
Filming the other, filming the intangibile

15.15 Astra Film Festival 2013 (Sibiu, Romania)
(Student Award)

Matthew’s Laws, by Marc Schmidt, Basaltfilm, Netherlands, 2011, 72 min.

The Director films his childhood buddy, Matthew, who suffers from autism and desperately tries to create order in the chaos around him. Followed closely in his privacy, Matthew’s explosive confrontations with the outside world are alternated with observations and personal confessions. Little by little, the film unravels the complex way of Matthew’s thinking and shows the catastrophic consequences his disorder may eventually have for him.

17.15 NAFA Nordic Anthropological Film Association Festival 2013 (Bilbao, Spain)
Alto do Minho, by Miguel Filgueiras, Museu do Traje de Viana do Castelo, Portugal, 2012, 49 min.
The film shows us scenes of Northern Portugal in rhythmic succession. It shows the many facets of the life in the lowlands and the gentle highlands at the Minho, which is shaped by the rhythm of the Atlantic Ocean, and religious faith, by its past and its present . It is an impressionistic portrait of daily life and festivities in the mountains.

RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2013
(Edinburgh, Scotland)
(Material Culture and Archeology Film Prize)

Rockerill: Rekindling the Fire, by Yves Mora, Belgium, 2011, 53 min.
Five years ago, one of the oldest industrial buildings of Charleroi – ‘les Forges de la Providence’ – was saved from demolition being bought by two citizens: Thierry Camuy and Mika Hell. Together with some close friends and artists, they turned it into a place of alternative creation which became a symbol of renaissance and image rehabilitation for the whole region.

19.15 Days of Ethnographic Film 2013
(Ljubjana, Slovenia)

La Carrera, di Assunta Nugnes e Francesco Costabile, Multidea s.r.l., Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico della Sardegna, Italia, 2013, 78 min.
The Northern Coastline of Sardinia. Castelsardo. During the Holy Week it becomes the stage of a complex and fascinating ritual. The undisputed stars are the singers of the Santa Croce Congregation. A brotherhood. A group of singers. A group of men. They stop time with an unique aim: to go out on the streets and sing about the Passion of Christ. Their voices echo through the dark alleys while they try to surpass the boundaries of everyday life and their own humanity in order to be redeemed through their voices. It is a world of men, but above the men’s voices there is one more voice, the ethereal, the virtual, the voice of Our Lady.
21.15 Espiello International Festival of Ethnographic Documentary 2013 (Boltaña, Spain)
(Special Mention of the Jury)

Bertsolari, by Asier Altuna, Txintxua Films SL, Spain 2011, 85 min.
The bertsolari is the improviser of verse sung in the Basque language, l’euskara. This oral tradition has managed to evolve and adapt to the times, connecting with the younger generation and bringing together ten thousand people at the final of the last championship. An austerely aesthetic art that surprises in this era of spectacle and special effects.

Monday 28th April 2014

Sala Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto (via Garibaldi, 33 – Trento)

Ore 10.00 “Carnival King of Europe” in France: film by Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina realized for the exhibition “Le monde à l’envers”, Marseille, Musée des Civilisations d’Europe et Méditerranée, 2014.

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February 17, 2014

CFP: Producing Images, Dialog, and Text

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR SOCIETY FOR VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY PANEL
AAA 2014, Washington, D. C.

PRODUCING IMAGES, DIALOG, AND TEXT:
CURRENT EXPERIMENTAL TRENDS FOR ANTHROPOLOGISTS AS FILMMAKERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS

Sound. Lights. Cameras. Action.

As ethnographers, we conduct interviews, make observations, take visual and written field notes, and ultimately become producers of films, written text, and/or photo essays in efforts to analyze and communicate field experiences. With the plethora of technology at our disposal, we are challenged to be scientists and artists, writers and image-makers and to create methodologies for better communication of topics ranging from modern issues to enduring ancient 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 to only illustrations for papers. Many ethnographers are now recognizing the communicative power of visual representation for collecting data, analysis, and accurate presentation of and by those studied.

This panel will deal with experimental presentations of people and their processes, their practices, and their sense of place through cutting edge technologies, Internet, websites, and social media and will include how we create our projects, fund them, and incorporate storytelling.  The presentations 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. This panel continues the exploration of the creative ideas presented by SVA in Chicago 2013.

Interested panel presenters should contact

Andreaheckman333@gmail.com

Requirements for presenters: Send inquiries to Andrea Heckman. A 250-word abstract is required and membership in the American Anthropology Association when the panel is submitted to AAA in April. Section membership in the Society for Visual Anthropology is suggested.



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November 16, 2013

Call for Submissions

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2014 John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography

The John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography is awarded periodically to an author or photographer whose publication, exhibit, website, or other multimedia production exemplifies the use of still photographs (both historical and contemporary) for research and communication of anthropological knowledge. The submission must have a strong visual research perspective along with being good documentary photography and be within five years of the original publication date. The project must be nominated by a current SVA member and include the consent of the person nominated. A letter of nomination from the SVA member and the supporting material (including name, book title or exhibit, website or multimedia production, publisher, author’s mailing address, phone and email) should accompany three copies of the creative work and be sent to the Committee Chairperson, which must be received by the deadline below. The same work may be submitted a maximum of two times. The SVA board appointed committee of three then reviews the submitted works to decide on its merits. Winners are announced during the SVA/AAA meetings and presented with a John Collier Jr. or Mary Collier print, courtesy of the Collier Family Collection, and a certificate of recognition.

Submissions for 2014 should be mailed to: The Collier Committee c/o Andrea Heckman, Chairperson, P. O. Box 714, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.

Deadlines for Submission and Award Notification:

  • March 15 Deadline for receipt of nomination materials and submission to SVA.
  • July 31 Committee decision will be submitted to SVA President and Secretary
  • August 10 Award information submitted to AAA program committee

The Collier Award is sponsored by the SVA Board of Directors in honor of the life and work of John Collier Jr. (1913-1992). Although suffering hearing loss and cognitive impairments early in life John Collier’s visual genius was enhanced by his early association with the well-known painter, Maynard Dixon and his wife Dorothea Lange. Other important influences were the artist Nicolai Fechin, the photographer Paul Strand, and the elders and compatriots in the American Indian communities of his youth. He worked as photographer for Roy E. Stryker in the FSA (Farm Security Administration) and the OWI (Office of War Information) during the early 1940s, with later professional photographic work in the Canadian Arctic, South American, and the United States.

His first formal visual anthropological work (1946) was in Otavalo, Ecuador with the Ecuadorian anthropologist Aníbal Buitrón. This was followed with work in Nova Scotia and the American Southwest with Alexander Leighton, and a major visual ethnography (1954-55) of Vicos, Peru, with Mary E.T. Collier. Subsequent work in New Mexico, Alaska, Arizona, and California included close attention to issues of cross cultural education and schooling. In 1967, he authored the acclaimed book, Visual Anthropology: Photography as a Research Method (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, second edition with Malcolm Collier (University of New Mexico Press, 1986). Collier was a founding member of both the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) and the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) and a long time supporter of SVA.

Past winners:

  • 2003 The Ones That Are Wanted: the Politics of Representation in a Photographic Exhibition by Corinne Kratz. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.
  • 2003 Changing Works: Visions of a Lost Agriculture by Douglas Harper. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
  • 2006 Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals by Andrea Heckman. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003.
  • 2008 A Danish Photographer of Idaho Images: Benedicte Wrensted by Joanna Cohan Scherer. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006.
  • 2012 Moving Images: John Layard, fieldwork and photography on Malakula since 1914 ?by Haidy Geismar and Anita Herle (2010: University of Hawaii Press).
  • 2012 HONORABLE MENTION: Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from The Wind River Reservation by Sara Wiles ?(2011: University of Oklahoma Press)
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March 12, 2013

Conflicting Accounts: A roundtable discussion on visual ethics

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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.

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March 1, 2013

Call for Papers: Post-human Embodiment and Unstable Media: Collaborative Engagements in Explaining Illness

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AAA Panel Organizers:
Jerome Crowder, PhD, Asst. Professor, Institute for the Medical Humanities, U. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Erica Fletcher, Graduate Student, Institute for the Medical Humanities, U. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Discussant: TBA

DEADLINE for SUBMISSON: March 12, 2013

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February 25, 2013

AAA Panel on Experimental Ethnographic Filmmaking and Photography

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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.

Andreaheckman333@gmail.com


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February 13, 2013

2013 VISUAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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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.



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