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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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BE – 1060 Brussel – Bruxelles

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



December 12, 2008

The 11th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2009

December 12, 2008 | By |

Where: Leeds, UK
Festival date
: 1 – 4 July 2009
Submission deadline
: 15 January 2009

Sponsored by The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) jointly with The Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University, The Northern Film School, Leeds Metropolitan University, and
The Louis Le Prince Centre for Cinema, Photography and Television, Leeds University National Media Museum, Bradford

For submission conditions, entry forms and awarded prizes please check RAI Film Festival Website; Here you find as well information about the international conference “Emotion in Motion: The Passions of Tourism, Travel and Movement, 4-7 July 2009.

We invite you to submit your recent productions, released (first screened in public) after 1 January 2006.

The Deadline for Submission is 15 January 2009 (postmark date); please make sure that the preview tapes arrive by 24 January at the latest. Please submit the form and stills by e-mail ( and send the preview tape (DVD or VHS) separately by post.



December 4, 2008

29th Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA) festival of ethnographic film

December 4, 2008 | By |

(held in conjunction with a workshop-based symposium on Teaching Visual Anthropology in Europe and Beyond)

Where: University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia
Festival date: 2nd week of September, 2009 (to be confirmed)
Submission deadline: April 1, 2009

The NAFA festival will consist of three components:

  1. General screenings of mainly recent ethnographic films. The films will be selected by a professional selection committee, comprised of NAFA members, who will be asked to pay particular attention to new Nordic and Slovenian productions and/or films from these parts of Europe, while ensuring that the festival, as usual, showcases excellent new work in general from all over the world. Filmmakers must submit DVD copies of their film, accompanied by a submission form, no later than 1 April 2009.
  2. Ethnographic film in Iran. These screenings will be organised by Dr Pedram Khosronejad (University of St Andrews, Scotland). Contact e-mail:
  3. A retrospective of the work of a well-known documentary filmmaker (to be announced).

The organisers will do their best to ensure that all films screened are presented by the filmmakers. Filmmakers with access to travel funding, e.g. from institutions in their home countries, are kindly asked to apply for this since it may enable the organisers to invite filmmakers to whom such options do not exist.

Other information

Until a dedicated website for the event is up and running, which is expected in early 2009, please send all queries to the NAFA organiser:

Peter I. Crawford, c/o Intervention Press, Castenschioldsvej 7, DK-8270 Hoejbjerg, Denmark.
E-mail: with a copy to

NAFA members will immediately receive new information about this event and will also receive a substantial discount on the registration fee. If you wish to become a member of NAFA, please send an e-mail to the organiser. Further information will also become available through the NAFA/CVA electronic newsletter. If you do not receive this newsletter, please send an e-mail to:

For more information, see:



December 1, 2008

OSEA 2009 Heritage Ethnography Field School

December 1, 2008 | By |

7 WEEK PROGRAM: May 17 – July 4, 2009,

Yucatán, Mexico
Based in Pisté and Maya Communities surrounding Chichén Itzá, One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Students learn to design, conduct & complete independent & interdisciplinary research in areas of:

  • Art & Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Archaeological Heritage
  • Ethnography of Archaeology
  • Tourism Development & Urbanism
  • Community Strategies of Tourism
  • Social History through Life Histories
  • Applied and Action Research
  • Art Exhibitions and Ethnographic Installation
  • Maya Forms of Health & Healing
  • Environmental Heritage

Read More

Kate Hennessy


November 30, 2008

“Aspects” – Festival of Visual Anthropology

November 30, 2008 | By |

Festival date: 28-30th November 2008
Location: Ethnographic Muzeum in Torun, Poland

This year’s edition is focused on Urban Ahtnropology. During festival, we will present documental films made by multicultural artists. The urban space is the leitmotif. One of the festivals section will absorbed on The New Wave of the Japanese Anthropological Cinema.

“The Aspects” is a yearly anthropological film festival, which aims at exploring various areas of culture. The principle of the festival is to discover and present various relations, phenomena, interactions and mechanisms, which take place within a culture or between cultures.

The main goal of “The Aspects” film festival is to propagate the ideas of intercultural dialogue. The creators of the festival want to draw attention to the subject of cultural dissimilarities, present the audience with the diversity of human experience, diversity of ways of expressing oneself within a society and the world.

For more information please see:

Kate Hennessy


November 30, 2008

Call for Films: Astra Film Festival

November 30, 2008 | By |

26th October and 1st November 2009

ASTRA FILM FEST is the international documentary film festival based in Sibiu/Romania, with a strong focus on Eastern European production approaching contemporary issues with anthropological sensibility.

ASTRA FILM FEST welcomes documentary films without restriction to theme and length, for the four competition sections:


Films must have cinematographic qualities, artistic commitment and strong presence of the filmmaker’s point of view both in form and content. The total sum of Astra Film Festival awards is 25.000 Eu.

The festival is also famous for the intense atmosphere it creates around the screenings, debates and additional events. Special and additional (non-competitive) programmes will be posted on our website soon.

For more information about submissions for Astra Film Fest 2009 competition, please see

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