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Kate Hennessy


February 1, 2009

EXPOSED: A Design Research Exchange- Call for Participation

February 1, 2009 | By |

When: March 6th-7th
Where: Tempe, Arizona
Conference website:

Description: What mysteries lie beneath the surface of Design Research practice? What catalyzing forces will shift future paradigms of Design Research? Exposed: a Design Research Exchange will be an event dedicated to exploring these questions through a highly interactive agenda including workshops, panels, invited guests, and participant-generated content. Seasoned professionals to aspiring students are invited to join in this exploration of the current state and future of design research while filling their toolboxes, making contacts, and traversing disciplinary boundaries.

For information contact:

Chris Urbina Meierling
MSD Candidate
College of Design
Arizona State University



January 29, 2009

Short-course in ethnographic film-making

January 29, 2009 | By |

Dear friends, colleagues, alumni

Please find below the address of the webpage where we announce the new short course in ethnographic film-making that the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester will be offering in the run up to the 11th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film.

I would be very grateful if you would draw this to the attention of anyone who may be interested in participating.

with best wishes, Paul Henley

Kate Hennessy


January 21, 2009

Call for essays: Oral History and Photography – EDITED Collection

January 21, 2009 | By |

Deadline for abstracts: Jan 31. 2009

We are seeking original research essays for a collection entitled Oral History and Photography. Oral history and its diverse practical and theoretical relationships to photography are at the centre of this essay collection, which will explore the interconnections and synergies between theory, method and politics in the two fields. In their essays, the authors will consider oral history and photography as distinct but related research methods; as evidence for interpretation; and as tools for activism and social movements. The themes and questions we aim to consider are detailed below.

We seek papers that are based on original research, reflect practical experience with oral history and photography, and have not previously been published. The essays will be in English, and we encourage contributions from around the world. They should be about 6,000 words long and may include photographic images. Authors will be responsible for obtaining all rights for the publication of photographs and interviews (forms will be provided).


31 Dec. 2008: Expression of interest (encouraged but not mandatory). 31 January 2009: Abstracts of up to 500 words should be sent to the editors, together with a short CV including contact details, and one example of previously published work in a relevant field. 30 June 2009: Acceptance letters sent to authors. 30 November 2009: Submission of papers.

Please submit all expressions of interest and abstracts/CVs to
with the subject line: Oral History and Photography Read More



January 15, 2009

Call for Papers: Laughter and Everyday Life

January 15, 2009 | By |

Paper proposals are invited for the panel, Laughter and Everyday Life for the American Anthropological Association’s Meetings in 2009.

Schedule: December 2-6.
Venue: Philadelphia Marriott, Philadelphia, PA

Keywords: Laughter, Hegemony, Everyday Life

This panel seeks to address the discursive space of laughter as a social fault line in everyday politics. Proposal of interest would broadly explore laughter for the analysis of hegemonic processes,
gender, class, and nation. The regional focus is open. Cultural practices and texts include but are not limited to theater, cartoons, jokes, stand-up comedy, television, and film.

Papers that integrate the conference theme, The End/s of Anthropology, and associated questions: Does anthropology still provide a unique contribution?  What are its contemporary goals, and are they different
from those of previous intellectual generations?  would be of particular interest.

Please e-mail a 250 word abstract by March 10, 2009 to:

Ritu G. Khanduri
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Texas at Arlington



January 14, 2009

SVA Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008: Karl Heider

January 14, 2009 | By |

The Society for Visual Anthropology proudly gives its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008 to Professor Karl Heider. He holds a doctorate from Harvard University and is Carolina Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) at the University of South Carolina. Heider’s work encompasses broad areas as a researcher, filmmaker, teacher, and writer.

He has carried on extensive field study and filmmaking among the Dani of New Guinea as well as the Minang Kabav of West Sumatra. His current research interests include the cultural shaping of emotions. A book based on this research called The Wisdom of Rice: Emotion and Folk Psychology in West Sumatra is in preparation.

Heider’s many films include studies of aspects of Indonesian as well as specifically Dani expressive and material culture, technologies, and arts. Houses, batik, sweet potato farming, rice irrigation, shadow puppets, and dance are examples of his topics.

His work as a teacher comes to life in textbooks he has written for students and instructors, including Films for Anthropological Teaching, in its 8th edition with Carol Hermer, Ethnographic Film,in its 2nd edition and the innovative Seeing Anthropology, in its fourth edition with Pamela and Tom Blakely. He has taught an impressive list of more than sixty courses at noted centers of higher learning in the United States and overseas.

In addition to the volumes cited above, Prof. Heider co- authored Gardens of War. Life and Death in the New Guinea Stone Age with Robert Gardner, and wrote The Dani of West Irian: An Ethnographic Companion to the (Gardner’s) film Dead Birds. He also authored The Dugum Dani: A Papuan Culture of the Highlands of West New Guinea, the Grand Valley Dani, Landscapes of Emotion: Mapping Three Cultures of Emotion in Indonesia, and Indonesian Cinema as well as many other works.

The Society for Visual Anthropology is honored to give our award to a person of such accomplishments. He has served and will again serve as our president as well as a number of administrative and editorial positions within the American Anthropological Association as a whole, and who has been a constant source of support to workers in our field.

Mary Strong, SVA president



January 7, 2009

Anthropology Film Festival at the University of British Columbia

January 7, 2009 | By |

We are holding our 3th annual Anthropology Film Festival at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver,  and are presently accepting submissions. Would you help us to spread the news? We received some excellent films from students last year, so please encourage students that you know to send in their work.

The deadline is January 15, 2009 (we will accept late submissions as long as they email us by deadline with their interest). The festival runs May 13-16 in conjunction with the CASCA-AES conference at UBC.

You can find the Call for Submissions at

Download the application form at



December 24, 2008

Ethnocineca 2009

December 24, 2008 | By |

Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest, Vienna
Call for Films

Submission deadline:  February 13, 2009
Festival dates: May 20-23, 2009
Location:  KosmosTheater, Vienna

The “ETHNOCINECA – Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna” is a film festival in Austria. It is being organized by MASN-Austria in cooperation with the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology in Vienna.

Currently we are busy organizing the ETHNOCINECA 2009. This year’s festival will be presented under a new name. The Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna will be held in the KosmosTheater from 20 – 23 May 2009 and we will do our best to offer you exciting and interesting film days. Films can be submitted until 13 February, 2009 and this years’ selection of films for the Ethnocineca 2009 will be decided upon in March.

We invite all filmmakers and media-artists to submit film and media works until 13 February 2009. You can download the submission forms and regulations at the URL below.

We are looking forward to your contributions!

For further details see our website:
Submission forms may be downloaded at:




December 18, 2008

SVA Call for Papers

December 18, 2008 | By |

Dear fellow SVA/AAA members,

As your SVA Program Committee for the 2009 AAA meeting in Philadelphia (December 2-6), we would like to invite the development of papers, posters and panels to be reviewed or sponsored by the SVA. The general theme for the 2009 meeting is “The End/s of Anthropology”—suggesting both the goals and the possible futures of the field—which should allow for much productive contribution by practitioners of visual anthropology.

We know SVA members have a lot to offer the larger organization, so we also encourage the development of professional skill-building workshops (for which registration fees apply, providing needed revenue to the SVA).

Deadlines for submission to SVA for special status consideration (these panels are automatically accepted into the 2009 program and receive prioritized scheduling):

  • Presidential/Executive sessions (ought to fit with the 2009 AAA general theme for best chance of acceptance): January 10, 2009
  • Invited SVA session (open topically, but should best exemplify the state of the field today): March 1, 2009

Deadline for on-line registration and regular paper, poster, panel and workshop submission to AAA (please choose SVA as the “reviewing” section): 5pm ET, April 1, 2009

In general, our criteria for evaluating all proposals will be:

  1. Relevance to the future of the field in terms of attention to various media platforms, significance to theory, and inclusion of indigenous or community perspectives.
  2. Coherence of thesis, clarity of aims, innovativeness of approach, applicability to membership.
  3. Attention to methodology, especially a concern with ethics (best practices).
  4. Contribution to the intellectual viability of visual anthropology, to anthropology in general, and to complementary fields of study.

We are here to help you—the membership of SVA—create the best program that we can. Please feel free to contact either of us with questions or suggestions as you develop proposals. Good luck!

Nancy Marie Mithlo ( and Aaron Glass (

Kate Hennessy


December 15, 2008

Sound Image Culture / SIC

December 15, 2008 | By |

Where: Brussels
When: april – december 2009 (not fulltime)
Application deadline:
6 March 2009

visual anthropology – documentary – performative ethnography – experimental film – auto-ethnography

workshops for anthropological–artistic projects
werkplaats voor antropologisch–artistieke projecten
ateliers pour des projets anthropologiques-artistiques

3 months seminars
2 months supervised filming
3 months supervised editing
continuous coaching

deadline submission projects 6 March 2009
april – december 2009 (not fulltime)

Aalst Netwerk 24 January 2009
Brussels Les Brigittines 20 February 2009 (tbc)
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With the support of the Flemish Authorities. Subpowered by Les Brigittines, Netwerk and Polymorfilms.
picture ©Charles Fairbanks 2008

Coördinatie – Organisation
SoundImageCulture / SIC vzw – asbl

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Kate Hennessy


December 13, 2008

Lecturer in the Arts of the Pacific in United Kingdom

December 13, 2008 | By |

Where: School of World Art Studies and Museology, University of East Anglia
Full time- Middle

Applications are invited for an indefinite full-time Lectureship in the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas, School of World Art Studies and Museology, University of East Anglia, UK, to commence on 1 September 2009. Primary responsibilities include co-teaching an MA course, supervising graduate students, limited undergraduate teaching and participation in research projects. See for further information on the Sainsbury Research Unit. The closing date for applications is 19 January 2009 and interviews are expected to be held on 27 February 2009. Further particulars and an application form can be obtained from the University’s web page at: or by e-mail at or by calling the answerphone on 01603 593493 or by mail to the Human Resources Division, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ. Please quote the appropriate reference number.

Applicants should have a doctorate in anthropology, art history, archaeology or a related subject and should have fieldwork experience, strong interests in visual arts, a good record of original research and the capacity for research led instruction. Expertise in museum anthropology and theoretical approaches to material culture is
Preferred Education: Doctorate

NOTES: International Candidates Will Be Considered. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is in GBP Sterling.

Apply online at

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