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Kate Hennessy


February 21, 2009

Peter Biella Wins First Place in AAA Photo Contest

February 21, 2009 | By |

Congratulations to Peter Biella, Director of the Program in Visual Anthropology at San Francisco State University, and Past-President of the Society for Visual Anthropology, for winning First Place in the American Anthropological Association 2008 Photo Contest.

The winning image is at

Details on the contest can be found at

Kate Hennessy


February 19, 2009

AAA 2009 Call for Poster Abstracts- “Innovations, Explorations, and End/s: Examining the Purposes and Limits of the Visual in Anthropology”

February 19, 2009 | By |

Dear colleagues, we are soliciting abstracts for the SVA’s Invited Poster
Session at the 2009 AAA Meeting in Philadelphia. As you will see from the
brief session abstract below, we are especially interested in proposals on
innovative projects and/or from emerging practitioners (so student
submissions are certainly welcome). Also please note that because the
official deadline for Invited Sessions in March 1st, abstracts (of 250 words
or less) should be emailed to Jonathan Marion ( by
Wednesday, Feb. 25th for full consideration.

“Innovations, Explorations, and End/s: Examining the Purposes and Limits of
the Visual in Anthropology”

The double entendre of this year’s AAA theme, “The End/s of Anthropology”,
questions both the purposes and limits of anthropological undertakings. The
posters in this section take up these dual foci as they apply to the visual
in anthropology. We welcome poster submissions that critically address the
assumed or contested “ends” of the visual as evidence, illustration, or
subjectively biased representation, and that engage alternative viewing
practices and theory. Innovative proposals and submissions from emerging
visual practitioners are especially welcome.

Best regards,

Jonathan S. Marion
(SVA special projects)

Aaron Glass and Nancy Marie Mithlo
(SVA program committee)

Kate Hennessy


February 19, 2009

AAA 2009 Call for Abstracts- “Media-Producing Anthropologists”

February 19, 2009 | By |

Please consider submitting an abstract for consideration in the
proposed panel, Media-Producing Anthropologists, at the American
Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, December 3-7, 2009. Participants should be prepared to
screen and critique their own nonfiction visual production. Please
send abstracts to Adam Fish at, before March 20,
2009 with the subject heading: AAA 2009 Panel.

For more information on the conference please visit

Thank you,

Adam Fish
University of California, Los Angeles
Current TV, VC2 Producer

Media-Producing Anthropologists
Adam Fish, Chair/Organizer

Following the conference theme, the End/s of Anthropology, this panel
investigates a post-textual, pro-visual anthropology. What new visual
languages exist in the digital present? How does anthropological media
production exist as an effective representational strategy in an age
of amateur “democratized” media production and the hybridization of
nonfiction genres? This panel explores emergent modes of
anthropological visual media production. Panelists are media producing
anthropologists who reflexively decompress the problems of field
producing, editing, and exhibiting anthropologically illustrative
media. Our subjects are the possibilities and limitations inherent in
the use of video cameras, editing technologies, information
architectures, or narrative structures. We discuss the mechanics and
experience of media production and the architectonics that dominate
the construction of visual actualities. Recently completed or
in-development work are showcased to illustrate new methods of visual
media production in anthropology. Presentations will be highly
visible. Each panelist will criticize at least one of his or her
recorded and edited clips. As anthropological media advances astride
technological elaborations new audiences emerge and traditional
audiences change. Panelists are encouraged to connect their production
and editing choices to the modulating political economy of media
anthropology within academia and beyond.

Kate Hennessy


February 9, 2009

Fulbright Scholarship Competition Open March 1st

February 9, 2009 | By |

March 1 is the opening of the Traditional Fulbright Scholar competition. Over 800 grants are available for lecturing, conducting research, or combining both in over 130 countries around the globe. The deadline is August 1. For information on Fulbright Scholar Awards, consult our website at for descriptions of awards and new eligibility requirements.  If you are interested in requesting materials, please write to

Kate Hennessy


February 5, 2009

The Museum of Anthropology at CSU, Chico Presents: The 25th Annual American Visions Photography Juried Exhibition

February 5, 2009 | By |

When: Competition Deadline; May 8, 2009
Where: California State University, Chico: Museum of Anthropology
Museum website:
Description: Going Green

The new buzzword is sustainability.  As more people try to account for their carbon footprint, where do you stand on the green path?  Beyond preserving the planet, green simply brings one back to summer days, lush forests, new growth and verdant landscapes.  Show the judges your vision of going green – whether it be bicycles, solar panels, or the backyard garden.

The $500 Valene Smith Award for Excellence in Visual Anthropology will be given to the Best in Show.  Three honorable mentions will be recognized.

Read More

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

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