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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.



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


November 11, 2008

SVA Festival 2009 Request for Media Submissions

November 11, 2008 | By |

Request for Media Submissions! The 2009 SVA/AAA Film, Video, and Interactive Media Festival will take place during the AAA’s 108th Annual Meeting to be held in Philadelphia, PA, December 2 – December 6, 2009. As in the past, SVA selects a jury of anthropologists and film scholars who decide which submissions to include in the festival and, among those, which will receive awards. We continue to welcome interactive media work, and we also encourage short videos, particularly those under 20 minutes in length. Both NTSC and PAL formatting will be accepted for submissions. All entries must be in DVD format to be screened at the Festival. Registration for all submissions must be completed by April 1, 2009, at the AAA website. The registration area is typically  available by mid March.  Dr. Carol Hermer is the 2009 SVA Festival Coordinator, and any questions about the Festival should be directed to her at  Filmmakers and distributors are asked to send a copy of work that the SVA jury will consider to the Festival Submissions Manager, Dr. Joyce Hammond, Department of Anthropology, Mail Stop 9083, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 98225, postmarked no later than April 1, 2009. Students who are just finishing a film must also register on the AAA site by April 1, but they may submit their work up until May 15. Submitted materials will not be returned. Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance and award winners will be sent out in the summer. Clips of selected films and award winners will be placed on the SVA website.

Kate Hennessy


September 11, 2008

AAA 2008: SVA Sessions and Events Accepted and Scheduled

September 11, 2008 | By |

Society for Visual Anthropology
Sessions and Events Accepted and Scheduled
2008 Meetings of the American Anthropological Society, San Francisco, CA.

The following SVA-reviewed sessions and events have been accepted and scheduled for this year’s AAA meetings in San Francisco. The SVA is making a strong contribution to this year’s theme of “Inclusion, Collaboration, and Engagement” with an excellent Film, Video, and Interactive Media Festival line-up, and a range of compelling workshops, sessions, roundtables, and poster presentations.

Any questions or comments should be directed to:

Aaron Glass
Kate Hennessy
SVA Program Chairs

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