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Aynur Kadir


February 13, 2018

National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) Call for Proposals 2018 Meetings of the American Anthropological Association

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The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) warmly invites students to submit abstracts for individually volunteered papers, posters, sessions, roundtables, and workshops to be considered for inclusion in the NASA program for the 117th Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. This year’s meeting will be held in San Jose, California from November 14-18, 2018 and the topic is “Change in the Anthropological Imagination: Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation.”

Please note the deadline—April 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.—for the submission of abstracts for the AAA meetings. A smaller number of proposals for late-breaking sessions will be accepted between August 13 and September 14, 2018, for review by the AAA Program Committee. The AAA meetings website provides a description of the various kinds of proposals that may be submitted. You must be a current member of the AAA and the NASA section and have registered for the 2018 Annual Meeting in order to submit any abstracts to NASA for review.

In keeping with the AAA guidelines, all session proposals will be reviewed by the NASA Program Committee for consideration as invited sessions. NASA encourages prospective organizers of invited sessions to consider co-sponsorship with other AAA sections, and to indicate those potential sections as part of their submission.

As students, we are able to organize our own sessions at the AAA Annual Meetings just as established scholars are, and all AAA student members are welcome to submit abstracts to the NASA section for review. This can help you gain experience in organizing a panel of related papers, presenting your research at a national conference, and networking with other professionals in your field.

Please contact the NASA Program Committee with any questions about proposals:

  • Belinda Ramirez (University of California, San Diego), Chair:
  • Lesly-Marie Buer (University of Kentucky):
  • Peter Lee:

    Applications for AAA Meetings-Related Exemptions and Waivers:

  • Anthropologists outside the U.S. and Canada and non-anthropologists seeking to attend the 2018 Annual Meetings of the AAA may apply for an Exemption of the AAA Membership Requirement. Meeting Registration Fees would still be required. Deadline for submission of applications is March 29, 2018:
  • Undergraduate students may apply to work as volunteers at the AAA meetings and, if accepted, will have their registration fees reimbursed at a later time. Students interested in this opportunity must first register for the meetings, and submit an Application for Student Volunteers in August 2018.
Aynur Kadir


February 13, 2018

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STUDENT ANTHROPOLOGISTS (NASA) Call for Nominations for Officer and Committee Positions

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Call for Nominations for Officer and Committee Positions:
President-Elect ● Secretary-Treasurer ● Newsletter (Anthropology News) Editor ● E-Journal Editor ● Graduate Representative-At-Large ● Undergraduate Representative-At-Large ● Nominations Committee Chair ● List-Serv Editor ● Communications Officer ● Nominations Committee Member

The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) is seeking students who are interested in being nominated as candidates for positions that will be open in 2018. We welcome nominations from both undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in anthropology. While elected positions must be filled by NASA members in good standing, if you are not currently a NASA member we would like to encourage you to join and submit a nomination! Please visit the NASA website,, for information on membership and to complete the brief online application.

NASA’s purpose is to “stimulate and encourage the interests and involvement of both graduate and undergraduate students in anthropology.” Working with NASA is a great way to gain leadership experience, and is an excellent opportunity to network with other students, professors, and professionals in anthropology and related disciplines. Nominees are encouraged to bring and develop their own ideas for how NASA can better serve the interests of its student membership.

The NASA Nominations Committee will form a slate of candidates from the nominees for each position. NASA members will then vote for the candidates in the spring. In accordance with NASA bylaws, nominees, if elected, will serve two-year terms, which will begin in November 2018 at the Annual Meeting, and end in November 2020. The following summaries describe the duties of the open positions:

Officer Positions and Committee Seats

  • PRESIDENT-ELECT: Serves a one-year term as President-Elect, followed by another year as President; is responsible for internal

    communications within NASA; coordinates activities of committees and facilitates NASA’s transition into the following year.

  • SECRETARY-TREASURER: Is responsible for the submission and maintenance of NASA’s annual budget as well as the timely dispersal of meeting minutes and other pertinent communications; ensures both timely communication amongst NASA members and a

    lasting record of NASA activities for future members of the Association.

  • NEWSLETTER (ANTHROPOLOGY NEWS) EDITOR: Is responsible for NASA’s presence in Anthropology News; will solicit contributions

    for the student column in addition to using the column for NASA information dispersal and may from time to time be involved in

    additional NASA information dispersal activities.

  • NASA E-JOURNAL EDITOR: Is responsible for editing and producing NASA’s web-based journal; will solicit articles and work with the

    E-Journal’s committee and the AAA Publications representatives to create and disseminate the journal.

  • GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE-AT-LARGE: Actively represents all interests of graduate NASA members; solicits new members; attends to student questions and creates student networks throughout the year; effectively disseminates scholarship and

    professional opportunities and traditionally chairs a NASA Committee.

  • UNDERGRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE-AT-LARGE: Actively represents all interests of undergraduate NASA members; solicits

    new members; attends to student questions and creates student networks throughout the year; effectively disseminates

    scholarship and professional opportunities and traditionally chairs a NASA Committee.

  • NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR: Posts the annual call for elections; organizes and disseminates election applications and

    information; submits the Nominations Committee’s recommendations for the election slate to the NASA Membership for

    vote (November-January).

  • LIST-SERV EDITOR: Follows announcements/opportunities from a range of AAA list-servs on a daily basis and forwards those

    announcements/opportunities relevant to anthropology students to the NASA list-serv members in a timely manner; updates NASA website calendar with upcoming deadlines for opportunities posted on the list; manages new list-serv members subscriptions and requests to unsubscribe.

  • COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER: Is responsible for the maintenance of NASA’s website; ensures timely external communication to current and potential NASA members and other interested publics via social media; seeks information for the historical record and maintains NASA’s records. (Officer should have basic knowledge of WordPress and/or HTML, or be willing to learn it.)
  • NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBER (TWO): Works closely with the Nominations Committee Chair and is responsible for coordinating the election of NASA’s officers.

    DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: Applications must be received by email no later than Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
    HOW TO APPLY: Nominations materials must include a Biographical Sketch and Platform Statement, and must be formatted in accordance with the following guidelines. Please submit your application by e-mail to the Interim NASA Nominations Committee Chair,

Peter Lee, at by Wednesday, February 14, 2018 using “NASA Nomination” as the subject line. Please include the following four (4) items in the body of your e-mail application:

  1. Position you seek to be nominated for.
  2. Biographical Sketch exactly as follows; include bold headings (CVs will not be accepted):

a. FULL NAME (highest degree earned, institution where degree was earned, year degree was earned) Positions held (most recent first): Title, (dates from-to) Name of Institution; Interests and/or Activities: (Limit 3); Significant publications (limit 3 – most recent first): Title, co-authors/editors if applicable, where published, year published.

b. Example:
I. WANNA WYN (PhD, University of Whereiwannabe, 1969) Positions held: Grand Inquisitor (1989-Pres) Search the World Over, Inc.; Leader of the Pack (1978-1989) Wearethebest University; Asst Leader of the Pack (1970-1978) Whimsy College; Interests and/or Activities: ritual, migration, presented paper at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Presenting Papers; Significant Publications: I Didn’t Really Know What I Was Talking About, but Now I Do (with Yule Shirley Wyn, PhD), The Perfect Press, Inc., In Press; “Trust Me, I know what I am talking about” (with Imrunin Aginstya, PhD) Journal of Ultimate Knowledge, 1988.

  1. Platform statement: The platform statement must be approximately 200 words in length. Statements significantly over 200 words will be cut down to 200 words before publishing.
  2. Digital Picture. If available, please provide a digital picture of yourself for the spring ballots.
Aynur Kadir


January 8, 2018

SVAFMF Submissions Open

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The Society for Visual Anthropology screens the best ethnographic films and video productions at our annual SVA Film & Media Festival, held in conjunction with the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting. This gives independent filmmakers as well as distributors broad access to a market of several thousand anthropologists and educators.

Ethnographic film and video defined broadly as works created as the result of ethnographic fieldwork or those which use, are informed by, or illustrate the principles of anthropological theory or methods.

For more information about American Anthropology Associations and its annual meetings, please visit:

Awards & Prizes

The SVAFMF bestows a number of awards each year, including the festival’s highest recognition, the Jean Rouch Award given for collaborative and participatory work. Other category based awards include Best Feature, Best Short, Best Student Film (graduate and undergraduate) and Best Interactive Media (websites, games, installations etc..).

Rules & Terms

(Please read carefully before submitting)

For the past several decades, the Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film and Media Festival has screened outstanding work by students, professional anthropologists, and professional filmmakers at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting.

The 117th American Anthropological Association annual meeting and the 2018 SVA Film & Media Festival will be held from November 14-18 at the San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, CA.

In 2017 we received 203 submissions and we accepted and screened 38 films at our festival in Washington DC. In total, 34 hours of programming was accepted.


The SVA Film & Media Festival accepts entries in the following categories:
Shorts – works less than 40 minutes in length
Feature length – works greater than 40 minutes in length
Interactive Media – websites, installations, games (please contact organizers with questions)

While the vast majority submissions are non-fiction, the festival accepts experimental, dramatic, narrative, and other genres as long as they fall within the broad category of ethnographic media as defined in our mission statement.

Special consideration and reduced entry fees are given for works created by students and current members of the Society for Visual Anthropology.

Submissions sent as “student work” must have been completed while the submitter was enrolled in an accredited educational institution. Proof of student status may be requested. Submissions in noncompliance may be disqualified without refund.

Submissions submitted as created by an “SVA Member” must have a named Society for Visual Anthropology member in a key production role (filmmaker, photographer, or director) or as the central narrator/interlocutor in the film. SVA Members may submit films to any category free of charge. Pieces done in consultation with an anthropologist should be submitted as regular films. Submissions in noncompliance may be disqualified without refund.

The festival jury, comprised of anthropologists and film scholars, selects work to be included in the festival on the basis of anthropological relevance and value to the field. Low budget and shorter works receive as careful attention as high budget or longer works.

Filmmakers will be notified about the status of their submissions (via email provided on FilmFreeway) by July 1st.

FilmFreeway is the official and only way to submit entries for the SVA Film & Media Festival. If communicating with us via email at, please always include your tracking number in your email.

Please note that you do NOT need to also register a film/video submission on the American Anthropological Association (AAA) website if all you are doing is submitting a film/video/media production through FilmFreeway. Films and media productions chosen for the festival by the jury will be forwarded by the SVA Festival Committee to the AAA Program Committee.

We invite all makers whose works are programed to attend the film and media festival and conduct a brief Q&A sessions after their screening. However, SVAFMF is unable to provide travel support or accommodations for any of its participating filmmakers.

We encourage academic filmmakers attending the SVA Film & Media Festival to register for the AAA meetings, however AAA registration is not mandatory to exhibit your film (should it be selected) in the SVA Film & Media Festival.

Kate Hennessy


November 23, 2017

The SVA Remembers Richard B. Freeman (1959-2017)

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Richard B. Freeman (1959-2017)

Our friend and colleague, Richard Freeman passed away unexpectedly in October, due to complications from cancer. Richard was involved with the Society for Visual Anthropology for at least two decades and was elected to serve on the Board beginning at the end of the 2017 meeting. Richard was an avid photographer and excellent visual researcher, he published in VAR and also notably in the volume Viewpoints (2009), edited by Mary Strong and Laena Wilder. Trained as both a photographer and anthropologist, Richard returned to school and became a librarian, finding a means for combining his passion for anthropology, research, media practice and technology. Since 2012 Richard was employed at the University of Florida as an Assistant University Librarian and the Anthropology Subject Specialist in the Smathers Libraries. There he was able to lend his skills and talents to projects in Oaxaca (with Bill Wood) as well as in Haiti and Miami (with Ben Heblethwaite). Richard was very interested in the role of archiving big data for social science and humanities research, and had recently uploaded his data on Vodou in Haiti and Miami to the Digital Library of the Caribbean, a multi-institution self-upload collection which he eagerly promoted as an example of the future of digital research ( Richard chaired panels and round tables and offered workshops on this topic at national meetings as well as at U. Florida. Most recently he convened a panel on “Data Management for Anthropology in the Digital Age” at the 2016 AAA meetings and was lead editor of a book on the same topic, expected to be published in 2018 (Palgrave).

Over the years Richard regularly attended the annual SVA Visual Research Conference where he is remembered for his insightful comments and supportive nature. This past year he served on the John Collier, Jr Award committee, bringing his critical eye and unique perspective to bear upon the many nominations for outstanding still photography. Richard loved to travel and explore, meet people and listen to music. We could always count on Richard for good conversation on many different topics ranging from his beloved Cubs, anthropology and digital scholarship, photography and camera gear, and his curious and eclectic taste in music from around the globe. His website best reflects Richard’s enthusiastic approach to life, his interests, sense of humor, and his friends (

A remembrance will be held for Richard during the 2017 Visual Research Conference on Wednesday, November 29 at 1:15PM in the Rose Room, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

prepared by J. Crowder

Richard chats with Brent Luvaas about his street photography project. Denver, 2016.

Richard engaging with a presenter at the Visual Research Conference in Minneapolis, 2016.

Richard attending the Visual Research Conference in Denver. November, 2015.

Richard sharing his lunch at the Visual Research Conference. Washington, DC. 2014.

Kate Hennessy


November 22, 2017


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Friday, December 1st, 1 – 5pm, SVA WORKSHOP # 4-0770

Location: Marriott, Park Tower 8206

Are you interested in using film for conveying your anthropological research or reaching new audiences? Watch others pitch their projects, think about your own film, learn strategies for funding and distribution and join the discussion.



Six filmmakers have been selected from an open call to pitch their work-in-progress to a jury of funders, distributors and award winning filmmakers. Following a seven minute pitch, each filmmaker will receive feedback from the jury and audience on the effectiveness of the pitch and the substance of the film project – including strategies for visualizing anthropological content and suggestions for developing narrative and structure. Jury and audience awards will be given.

To participate, you must register for workshop #4-0770; $20 student, $40 nonstudent. Use this site for information about how to register (


Alice Apley (Moderator/ Pitch Organizer), Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources, Co-Director Remembering John Marshall, (2006)

Sarah Elder (Pitch Organizer), Award-winning filmmaker, Uksuum Cauyai: Drums of Winter (1985) – selection National Film Registry (2006), SVA Film Festival Juror, Professor of Documentary Film at SUNY Buffalo, NY.

Ilisa (Lisa) Barbash, Co-director and Producer Sweetgrass (2009), In and Out of Africa (1992). Barbash wrote “Where the Roads All End: Photography and Anthropology in the Kalahari” (2017), co-wrote “Cross-cultural Filmmaking: A Handbook for Making Documentary and Ethnographic Films and Video” (1997) and co-edited “The Cinema of Robert Gardner” (2007). Curator of Visual Anthropology at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Andrea Meditch, Executive Producer, Man on Wire (2008), Encounters at the End of the World (2007), Producer, Grizzly Man (2005) among others. President, Back Allie Entertainment. Developer, Discovery Films and Discovery Channel. PhD in Linguistic and Cultural Anthropology, University of Texas.

David Weinstein, Senior Program Officer, Division of Public Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  He manages grants for films, radio programs, museum exhibits, digital projects, and public engagement. David holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Maryland College Park.  He is the author of The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television (2004) and The Eddie Cantor Story: A Jewish Life in Performance and Politics (2017).



Director / Producer: Jarrod Cann, Co-Producer / Advisor: Dr. Stefan Fiol

Synopsis: LET THE GODS DANCE is a feature-length ethnographic film that follows the life and resilience of a Dalit drummer named Sohan Lal and his family who belong to a marginalized caste of hereditary musicians living in the farmlands of the Himalayan mountains in Uttarakhand, India. Like many drummers from his community, it is Sohan’s duty to invoke ritual possession and dance the village gods, yet he is still seen by most as polluted and untouchable. This film depicts how he and his children endure and resist the narrative that has been placed upon their caste-community for hundreds of years.


Producer: Anna Hedlund,

Directors: Anna Hedlund and Lesedi Rudolph

Synopsis – The documentary explores life in a Hutu rebel camp in the eastern Congo inhabited by the fighters and families of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). The film explores the worldview and propaganda spread by FDLR leaders, some of whom played a role in the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The film focuses not only on the soldiers experiences of violence, but also their families, all of whom are taught that there was no genocide in Rwanda, uncovering an unexpected truth in the propaganda that they are merely innocent victims of history caught in the middle of a war that was not their doing.


Director & DP: Emily Hong, Producer: Maggie Lemere, Impact Producer: Myanmar-Tsa Ji

Synopsis: Above and Below the Ground tells the story of daring indigenous women activists and rock musicians who come together in the ongoing struggle against the Myitsone Dam and for environmental self-determination across their native Kachinland. Through investigation, protest, prayer, and music, they test the boundaries of tentative democratic reform in Northern Myanmar, and work to create a future in which native peoples have the right to care for and protect their own lands and natural resources.



Director: Veronika Kusumaryati

Synopsis: Set against the turbulent sociopolitical atmosphere of West Papua, the film is a feature-length documentary portraying the lived experience of young Papuans in dealing with their violent past and present, in their struggle with their Melanesian identity, and in their fear and hope of their future under foreign forces’ occupation.



Director, Leila Qashu

Synopsis: This film documents Ateetee, a sung Arsi Oromo women’s indigenous dispute resolution process in Ethiopia through the rituals and conversations with the women who practice Ateetee. Arsi women use Ateetee for several purposes, but principally as prayers for rain and prayers for dispute resolution in the case of gender abuse.



Director: Gwyneth Talley, co-director: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo.

 Synopsis: Binat al-Baroud (or Gunpowder Women) is an observational documentary focusing on the Moroccan women who compete in the traditional, male-dominated equestrian practice known as tbourida. Until now, men wearing traditional clothes, armed with gunpowder rifles, charged their horses about 300 meters before simultaneously firing their rifles in the air. Since 2004, women have become increasingly involved in tbourida performances, participating along with men, and also forming their own groups. The film follows the team captain, Amal Ahamri, one of the first women to start riding in this sport, as she balances work, motherhood, and her passion for horses, and the contradictions that arise within her.

Aynur Kadir


October 23, 2017

Call for Applications for Co- Directors for the 2018 SVA Film and Media Festival

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The Society for Visual Anthropology invites applications for Co- Directors for the 2018 SVA Film and Media Festival. This is a 3-year position that will begin after the end of the 2017 meetings and continue until the end of the 2020



The Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film & Media Festival screens work by students, professional anthropologists, and professional filmmakers at the annual SVA Film & Media Festival, which is currently held during the American Anthropological Association’s annual conference.


The film festival co-directors will work with the film festival jury, comprised of anthropologists and filmmakers, who select work to be included in the Festival on the basis of anthropological relevance and value to the field. Low budget and shorter works receive as careful attention as high budget or longer works. The SVA bestows a number of awards each year, including best overall films (at different lengths), best student work, and when appropriate the Jean Rouch Award for collaborative and participatory work.




Qualifications of the Film Festival co-directors:


  1. An advanced degree in Anthropology and a background in fields related to visual anthropology.
  2. Proven organizational skills, especially in managing events (i.e. workshops, conferences, and/or visual exhibitions)
  3. Background in some aspect of film or media production


Responsibilities include:


  1. Work with the SVA board to solicit films through annual calls for films.
  2. Contract with the festival hosting site, to make sure listing is up to date and has the appropriate deadlines.
  1. Send out a call for and organize groups of pre-screeners.
  2. Create a pre-screening profile in so that pre-screeners can enter their comments.
    1. Organize pre-screening of films via giving pre-screeners access to the films they will be asked to view, set deadlines for their comments and control their access to the films.
    2. Creates a jury in consultation with the SVA Board.
    3. Hosts the jurying meeting and works with the Film Festival jury to coordinate jurying of films.
    4. Determine prize winners with jury; notify winner and assist with coordination of travel plans and award presentations.
    5. Schedule the Film & Media Festival in consultation with AAA staff.
    6. Advertise for the film festival.
    7. Organize staffing for the film festival itself at the Annual Meetings of the AAA.
    8. Manage budget in consultation with SVA Treasurer, including costs for jurying, technical support, staff, travel awards, and advertising.


The film festival co-editors should commit to the following work effort:


  1. One or two hours a week from January to early March for festival planning/preparation.
  2. Three to four hours a week from mid-March to April for festival related communications, database preparation.
  3. Five to six hours a week in April and May for pre-screening communications, data input, etc.
  4. One week in May or June for jurying preparation and jurying hosting.
  5. One or two hours a week from July to September for conference and film festival coordination and planning, and to prepare an annual report for the SVA Board.
  6. Four – six hours/ wk in September, October and early November for festival coordination and planning.
  7. At least several days immediately before, during and after the AAA annual meeting for festival management. (Past co-editors found that at least half of every day at the annual meeting was used in festival related activities). Co-editors should expect to arrive at the AAA meetings one day early (Tuesday) and stay until Sunday; they are also expected to attend the SVA Board Meeting as well as the SVA Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony.



The film festival editor is a voluntary position and does not receive direct compensation for time or effort. The SVA Board will reimburse expenses directly related to film festival upon approval. Jurying travel and meal expenses are covered by the SVA. Film Festival co-editors’ attendance at the AAA annual meeting is required and reimbursed (up to $1500 total to be shared between the two co-editors).


For further information or to submit an application please email SVA President-Elect Matthew Durington:


Aynur Kadir


October 14, 2017

Extended deadline for AAA Film Pitch Workshop: October 30th, 2017

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Are you currently working on a film? Are you interested in getting feedback?

Are you interested in ethnographic film production but not yet ready to share a project in progress?

Due to the enormous success of the 2016 Pitch Session, we are once again convening a Film Pitch Workshop at the 2017 Annual Meeting.  Please join us for the 2nd Annual Society for Visual Anthropology Film Pitch Workshop, December 1st from 1-5 PM.


This workshop uses the pitch format of documentary film festivals in which filmmakers pitch their work-in-progress to a jury of funders, distributors and award winning filmmakers. For each film presented, the jury will provide feedback including strategies for visualizing anthropological content and suggestions for developing your narrative and structure. Other discussion topics include conceptualizing your audience, and opportunities and strategies for funding and distribution.

Preselected filmmakers will give a 10 minute presentation of their project that includes a description of the story, themes, research, visual style, plans for completion and a short video sample. Our workshop format is intended to encourage lively discussion between jurors, other workshop participants and the presenting filmmakers. Discussion will address both the effectiveness of the pitch and the substance of the film project.

The goals of the workshop are:

  1. To model how to present a film project to potential collaborators, funders & distributors.
  2. To provide concrete strategies for turning research into visually compelling stories.
  3. To direct participants to funding and distribution opportunities.

Pitch jurors are to be announced.

Two Ways to Participate
PITCH YOUR PROJECT: Whether your project is in development, production, or in rough cut stage, this is an opportunity to get feedback on your work-in-progress from a jury with expertise in anthropological filmmaking, funding and distribution. Seven filmmakers (or filmmaking teams) will be selected to pitch projects. Those interested in presenting their film project should send a brief Pitch Proposal to Alice Apley by October 30, 2017. The organizers will select a mix of experienced to first-time filmmakers.
NONPITCHING WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS: As a workshop participant, you can observe the pitches, get ideas for projects, join the discussion about the projects in progress, learn from the pitches, and plan for a future visual project.
Pitch Proposal
If you are interested in pitching, send a one-page description of your project and a video sample. It should include:
  • Short synopsis describing the significance of the project, brief discussion of the issues, themes and story you will explore, and the visual style of the film (e.g. observational, experimental documentary etc).
  • Your bio, including your unique qualifications for completing this project successfully, such as knowledge, skills, access or history of involvement with the characters and/or subject matter.
  • Please also include a short status report describing where you are in the research, development and/or production process, what work has been completed and a brief timeline.
  • Production-related photo (optional).
  • Also send a trailer, teaser, or clips via a single streamable link of film footage or visuals (still or moving). (7 minutes maximum)

For questions, email Alice Apley or Sarah Elder.

Aynur Kadir


October 11, 2017

Extended deadline for proposals: Displacements: December 8, 2017

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Call for Proposals: Displacements

Call for Proposals
2018 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology
Cosponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology

Thursday, April 19–Saturday, April 21, 2018
An online event
Tune in from wherever you are, or come together to invent and collaborate

Extended deadline for proposals: December 8, 2017

* * *

Displacements are in the air: episodes of profound political upheaval, intensified crises of migration and expulsion, the disturbing specter of climatic and environmental instability, countless virtual shadows cast over the here and now by ubiquitous media technologies. What does it mean to live and strive in the face of such movements? What social and historical coordinates are at stake with these challenges? And what kind of understanding can anthropology contribute to the displacements of this time—given, especially, that our most essential techniques like ethnography are themselves predicated on the heuristic value of displacement, on what can be gleaned from the experience of unfamiliar circumstances?

Exclusionary politics of spatial displacement always depend on rhetorical and imaginative displacements of various kinds: a person for a category, or a population for a problem. In the face of such moves, the critical task of ethnography is often to muster contrary displacements of thought, attention, imagination, and sensation. What forms of social and political possibility might be kindled by anthropological efforts to broach unexpected places, situations, and stories? The 2018 SCA Biennial Meeting, cosponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology, will invite such prospects in tangible form, as experiences of what is elsewhere and otherwise. This is a conference that will itself displace the conventional modes of gathering, taking place wherever its participants individually and collectively tune in.

For the first time, in 2018, the SCA Biennial Meeting will take place as a virtual conference. We invite you to contribute an individual audio/video presentation of 5–10 minutes in length, a proposal for a panel of related presentations, or an idea for some localized form of in-person collaboration to which conference participants could have access. You may simply choose to record yourself giving a talk or reading a paper. But we especially encourage efforts to take us elsewhere along with you in a more sensory and immersive register: multimedia presentations, voiceover essays spliced with fieldwork fragments, sound works, short films, photo sequences, and so on. In this spirit, here is another call for submissions to the Biennial Meeting, one expressed in a different manner.

Air travel is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and one of the chief ways that an academic livelihood contributes to carbon pollution. We are exploring the virtual conference format with the ideal of carbon-neutral activity in mind. This format will also enable broader geographical participation, most especially against the backdrop of a political climate of unequal restrictions on international travel. We hope, too, that the web-based media platform we are developing for the conference will allow for novel explorations of expressive form in anthropology.

One of the chief values of the academic conference no doubt lies in face-to-face meetings and interactions. We hope, however, that this effort may provoke decentralized, affinity-based forms of collaboration, interaction, and uptake, in the spirit of experimentation that the SCA and SVA have long encouraged. We therefore invite participants to consider gathering together into local nodes of collective participation in the conference: viewing parties, classroom activities, departmental engagements with the conference, hackathon-style events that culminate in outputs that can be shared with other conference attendees, or anything else you can imagine.

All presentations must be prerecorded and shared in advance with the organizers. The presentations will be posted sequentially, in real time, during the conference and will be available to registered conference attendees for viewing, commentary, and discussion over those three days. We are exploring the possibility of a digital archive of presentations for those who want to participate, although more ephemeral contributions are also welcome.

Technical guidance on presentations will be forthcoming soon, but we want to assure you that nothing more complicated is required than what can be done on a typical smartphone. In the meantime, if you are conducting summer fieldwork, feel free to start gathering audiovisual materials that you may wish to incorporate in your presentation (in keeping with the research ethics of your particular field site). Also, keep in mind that if you would like to organize a local node of collective participation, we will work with you to provide some form of support for your event.

The extended deadline for proposals is Friday, December 8, 2017. Please write to with a title and 200-word description of proposed presentations, panels, collaborations, and local events. Panel proposals should include an abstract for each individual presentation, as well as one for the panel. Presentations themselves will be due in late February 2018. Further details on conference registration will be available soon.

Aynur Kadir


October 6, 2017

SVA Members | Mark Your Calendars! AES & SVA Joint Spring Meeting

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Dear SVA Members,

The American Ethnological Society and the Society for Visual Anthropology welcomes you to participate in the joint spring meeting, Resemblance, on March 22-24, 2018!

In an era of “fake news” and “alt” political movements, what counts as meaning making? How can we understand epistemology in an era of madness? The issue of resemblance is as much a pressing social question as it is an academic preoccupation. The American Ethnological Society and the Society for Visual Anthropology explore the theme of resemblance at their 2018 joint spring conference. Welcoming anthropologists, artists, media makers, and community members to Philadelphia during March 22-24, the meeting will provide an opportunity to revisit and explore anew what we believe is knowable as anthropologists and the ways we may wish to rethink our priorities and approaches in our era of heightened violence, strife, surveillance, and policing.

Resemblance is at the very heart of anthropology, as its practitioners have sought to demonstrate the commonalities of all people. While resemblance relies upon recognition and likening, it is also a means of comparison to what one perceives and believes they already know. The conference organizers invite proposals for panels consisting of papers or multimodal presentations, as well as individual submissions that theoretically, methodologically, visually, or otherwise examine the conference theme. We welcome graduate students to present their work in its early stages and to network with more established practitioners. The conference will feature exhibitions, speakers, films, performances, as well as a town hall discussion about how our field can wield greater influence in public struggles of resemblance.

Mark your calendars and look out for submission information this fall!

All the best,

Stephanie Takaragawa

Mailed from the American Anthropological Association
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 1301 • Arlington, VA 22201-3386
tel: 703.528.1902 • fax: 703.228.3546
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September 25, 2017

Mount Holyoke College, Tenure-track visual and media anthropology position

September 25, 2017 | By | No Comments

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a tenure track position in cultural anthropology at the assistant professor rank to begin fall 2018.

We are looking for an ethnographer who specializes in media and visual anthropology, with attention to the politics of representation regarding cultural forms such as race, class, gender, religion, and ability. We welcome candidates who incorporate video, photography, and/or other innovative techniques into their ethnographic methodology. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in interdisciplinary fields such as Film Studies, Africana Studies, Latin American and Latinx Studies, and Journalism, as well as with community-based and global education programs.

For full details about this position, please go to this site:

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