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March 31, 2014

International Urban Photography Summer School, 2014

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International Urban Photography Summer School, 2014
Goldsmiths, University of London

Designed for photographers, artists and ethnographers whose work addresses notions of urban space and culture, the international Urban Photography Summer School provides a highly intensive two-week practical and theoretical training in key aspects of urban visual practice. The course aims to offer participants a wide range of relevant skills resulting in the production of a photography portfolio drawn from London’s urban environments along with a collective final exhibition.

The programme has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Urban Photo Fest and the international Association of Visual Urbanists (iAVU). The course will be taught by tutors from Goldsmiths’ Sociology Department and the international MA in Photography and Urban Cultures. The programme draws on the advanced theoretical, research and practical image-making specialisms of key practitioners in the field.

Summer School tutors include: Paul Halliday (MA in Photography and Urban Cultures Convener), Beatriz Véliz Argueta (Coordinator/ Goldsmiths), Les Back (Goldsmiths), Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths), Mandy Lee Jandrell (Southampton Solent University/ Goldsmiths), Peter Coles (Oxford/ Goldsmiths), Alex-Rhys Taylor (Goldsmiths), Manuel Vázquez (Goldsmiths), Laura Cuch (Goldsmiths) and Jasmine Cheng (Goldsmiths).

The programme will explore how the practice of urban image-making informs the development of a reflexive and critical research perspective and will include assignments and guided fieldtrips focusing on (1) landscape, (2) material objects and street photography and (3) portraiture.

Application deadline: June 30th

For more information: www.iupss.com

 

For more information: www.gold.ac.uk/cucr/summer-school/

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March 31, 2014

The First Ethnographic Film and Media Program of the Middle East and Central Eurasia

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The First Ethnographic Film and Media Program of the Middle East and Central Eurasia

-Venue: Tallinn University, Estonia, 31 July and 3 August 2014.
-Date: 31 July and 3 August 2014
-Deadline: 30 April 2014

We are pleased to announce the first Ethnographic Film and Media Program of the Middle East and Central Eurasia, which will be held annually in conjunction with the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA).
http://www.easaonline.org/networks/amce/index.shtml

The goal of our program is to promote original ethnographic films and visual media not only in the area of anthropology but also in sociology, folklore, religion, material culture and related topics. Our program encompasses all areas of the contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China), including topics on minority groups and religious themes.

Our first program will be held during the 13th EASA Biennial Conference, at Tallinn University, Estonia, between 31 July and 3 August 2014. We invite and encourage all students, anthropologists, documentary filmmakers and media artists to participate in our program by submitting ethnographic videos, films (including online and cell phone styles, short and feature-length films) as well as interactive media (websites, hyperlinked documents, etc.).twitter

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March 6, 2014

CFP for Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association 2014: December 3-7, Washington, D.C. Meeting Theme: Producing Anthropology

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Panel Organizers: Chelsea Wentworth (University of Pittsburgh) and Lisa Garibaldi (UC Riverside)

Title: Employing Visual and Digital Methods to Produce an Enhanced Anthropology of Child Feeding

This panel investigates the use of visual methods in researching childhood dietary practices. Drawing on the recent resurgence of interest in the experience of childhood and the expansion of visual methodologies, these papers will contribute to our understanding of the practice of child feeding. The intersect of visual methods as instruments of data collection and the study of child feeding provides greater insight into our understandings of how children access food, children’s food preferences, and the decision-making processes of caregivers as they feed children. We operationalize child feeding as any interaction that a caregiver or the child has in making food choices, and consuming food. Much research on child feeding practice has relied on heavily quantitative measures that examine nutritional value of foods and child growth (see Birch et al. 2003, Pelto et al. 2010). However, we argue that our understandings of the practice of child feeding are greatly advanced through the use of visual methods. Read More

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February 28, 2014

2014 SVA Film and Media Festival Call for Entries

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Call for Entries

Early Deadline: March 15
Regular Deadline: April 15
Late Deadline:  May 1

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January 18, 2014

2014 AAA ANNUAL MEETING: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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The SVA welcomes paper and poster session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. (December 3-7, 2014). The theme for the meeting is “Producing Anthropology,” which provides a rich context for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of visual anthropology.

For the 2014 Annual Meeting, the SVA programming committee consists of:

Liam Buckley (bucklelm@jmu.edu)

Fiona P. McDonald (fionamcdonald5@yahoo.ca)

Download PDF: 2014_sva_cfp-16-jan-2013_final

Liam and Fiona are more than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, or roundtable sessions. We’re happy to assist session organizers with the structuring of their proposals. The SVA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessions, extended screening of visual materials, and fostering more dynamic discussion periods.

Here is a breakdown of upcoming deadlines and the appropriate contacts for each. Read More

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January 3, 2014

Call for Papers: AES/SVA Spring Meeting, Boston. Deadline Jan 24th 2014

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Call for Papers, American Ethnological Society Spring Meeting in collaboration with the Society for Visual Anthropology

Boston, Park Plaza Hotel, 10-12 April 2014

Theme: In/visibility: Projects, Media, Politics

Keynote presentation by Faye Ginsburg, New York University, “Cripping the Camera: ‘f##k inner beauty!’”

Additional plenary presenters include John Jackson, Jr., Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, Anna Grimshaw, and Michael Herzfeld

Organizer email: samuel.martinez@uconn.edu

Register HERE!

Abstract submission deadline 24th January 2014.

The visible and the unseen are states of growing anthropological engagement. The conference theme looks to visibilization and concealment, and their ambiguous thresholds, as prompts to new questions in the domains of politics, the economy, religion, media, social inequality, citizenship, security, human rights and humanitarianism. Those emergent questions insist that visibility and invisibility are active processes, not merely empirical states or static qualities of appearance or non-appearance. As such, the theme of this conference draws on a thread that ties creative sociocultural engagements in anthropology to older questions of method, meaning and representation. At issue are current public controversies about “dark sites” in politics, national security, and law; shadow, alien and regulated forms within commerce, finance, and the environment; techniques of legibility, surveillance and their evasion; visual media’s growing influence; and the hopes and fears pinned on emerging biomedical, computational and manufacturing technologies. Concern with processes of in/visibilization is more than ever pertinent to anthropological representation itself, as anthropologists increasingly adopt visual media even as scholars of the cultural politics of representation and visual anthropology, ethnographic filmmakers and students of indigenous media debate the politics, ethics and methods of the image.

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Proposals for sessions (panels, roundtables, other formats) that make creative use of the allotted time (1 hour 45 minutes) are encouraged, including (but not limited to) panels that explore a key text, media, or visual project circulated to conference participants in advance and panels that feature excerpts of audio/visual works or make a visual and/or textual response to a specific concept or keyword relating to the conference themes. Proposals for individual papers are also invited.

The conference registration receipt, sent to each conference registrant by email, will have a link to the paper abstract and panel proposal submission portal.

Abstract submission deadline 24th January 2014.

New! Pre-conference workshops (Thursday, 10 April, 1-2:45PM): Faye Ginsburg, Aaron Glass, and Kate Hennessy on “collaborative ethnography,” and Jonathan Marion, on “text/image.” Grad students who attend a workshop will qualify for a subsidy of up to $225 from AES to help defray their expenses. To register for either workshop and to inquire about the grad student workshop attendance subsidy, contact the meeting organizer, Samuel Martinez (samuel.martinez@uconn.edu ).

Looking for others to complete a panel? Try placing your call for panelists at http://bit.ly/1jBUBZE.

Hotel information: The conference will be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, steps from the Boston Common. Conference registrants receive a special rate of $185 per night, single, double, triple or quad. All rooms include complimentary high-speed Internet access. Conference-rate hotel reservations open 15 January 2014.


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November 19, 2013

2013 SVA Film & Media Festival Program

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Announcing the 2013 SVA Film & Media Festival! Please download the 2013 Program here: 2013-svaff-program
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November 16, 2013

Call for Submissions

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2014 John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography

The John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography is awarded periodically to an author or photographer whose publication, exhibit, website, or other multimedia production exemplifies the use of still photographs (both historical and contemporary) for research and communication of anthropological knowledge. The submission must have a strong visual research perspective along with being good documentary photography and be within five years of the original publication date. The project must be nominated by a current SVA member and include the consent of the person nominated. A letter of nomination from the SVA member and the supporting material (including name, book title or exhibit, website or multimedia production, publisher, author’s mailing address, phone and email) should accompany three copies of the creative work and be sent to the Committee Chairperson, which must be received by the deadline below. The same work may be submitted a maximum of two times. The SVA board appointed committee of three then reviews the submitted works to decide on its merits. Winners are announced during the SVA/AAA meetings and presented with a John Collier Jr. or Mary Collier print, courtesy of the Collier Family Collection, and a certificate of recognition.

Submissions for 2014 should be mailed to: The Collier Committee c/o Andrea Heckman, Chairperson, P. O. Box 714, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.

Deadlines for Submission and Award Notification:

  • March 15 Deadline for receipt of nomination materials and submission to SVA.
  • July 31 Committee decision will be submitted to SVA President and Secretary
  • August 10 Award information submitted to AAA program committee

The Collier Award is sponsored by the SVA Board of Directors in honor of the life and work of John Collier Jr. (1913-1992). Although suffering hearing loss and cognitive impairments early in life John Collier’s visual genius was enhanced by his early association with the well-known painter, Maynard Dixon and his wife Dorothea Lange. Other important influences were the artist Nicolai Fechin, the photographer Paul Strand, and the elders and compatriots in the American Indian communities of his youth. He worked as photographer for Roy E. Stryker in the FSA (Farm Security Administration) and the OWI (Office of War Information) during the early 1940s, with later professional photographic work in the Canadian Arctic, South American, and the United States.

His first formal visual anthropological work (1946) was in Otavalo, Ecuador with the Ecuadorian anthropologist Aníbal Buitrón. This was followed with work in Nova Scotia and the American Southwest with Alexander Leighton, and a major visual ethnography (1954-55) of Vicos, Peru, with Mary E.T. Collier. Subsequent work in New Mexico, Alaska, Arizona, and California included close attention to issues of cross cultural education and schooling. In 1967, he authored the acclaimed book, Visual Anthropology: Photography as a Research Method (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, second edition with Malcolm Collier (University of New Mexico Press, 1986). Collier was a founding member of both the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) and the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) and a long time supporter of SVA.

Past winners:

  • 2003 The Ones That Are Wanted: the Politics of Representation in a Photographic Exhibition by Corinne Kratz. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.
  • 2003 Changing Works: Visions of a Lost Agriculture by Douglas Harper. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
  • 2006 Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals by Andrea Heckman. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003.
  • 2008 A Danish Photographer of Idaho Images: Benedicte Wrensted by Joanna Cohan Scherer. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006.
  • 2012 Moving Images: John Layard, fieldwork and photography on Malakula since 1914 ?by Haidy Geismar and Anita Herle (2010: University of Hawaii Press).
  • 2012 HONORABLE MENTION: Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from The Wind River Reservation by Sara Wiles ?(2011: University of Oklahoma Press)
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November 9, 2013

2013 SVA AAA Chicago Program ‘At-a-Glance’

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The 2013 SVA AAA Program is available as a PDF with embedded links to program information for all SVA and related events at the annual meeting. Please download and share!

2013_sva_schedule-november-6-3013_final-1

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September 13, 2013

Call for Papers, American Ethnological Society Spring Meeting in collaboration with the Society for Visual Anthropology

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Trevor Paglen, Nine Reconnaissance Satellites over the Sonora Pass, 2008, C-Print, 48 x 60 in. Courtesy of Metro Pictures, New York; Altman Siegel, San Francisco; Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.


Call for Papers, American Ethnological Society Spring Meeting in collaboration with the Society for Visual Anthropology

Boston, Park Plaza Hotel, 10-12 April 2014

Theme: In/visibility: Projects, Media, Politics

The visible and the unseen are states of growing anthropological engagement. The conference theme looks to visibilization and concealment, and their ambiguous thresholds, as prompts to new questions in the domains of politics, the economy, religion, media, social inequality, citizenship, security, human rights and humanitarianism. Those emergent questions insist that visibility and invisibility are active processes, not merely empirical states or static qualities of appearance or non-appearance. As such, the theme of this conference draws on a thread that ties creative sociocultural engagements in anthropology to older questions of method, meaning and representation. At issue are current public controversies about “dark sites” in politics, national security, and law; shadow, alien and regulated forms within commerce, finance, and the environment; techniques of legibility, surveillance and their evasion; visual media’s growing influence; and the hopes and fears pinned on emerging biomedical, computational and manufacturing technologies. Concern with processes of in/visibilization is more than ever pertinent to anthropological representation itself, as anthropologists increasingly adopt visual media even as scholars of the cultural politics of representation and visual anthropology, ethnographic filmmakers and students of indigenous media debate the politics, ethics and methods of the image.

Proposals for sessions (panels, roundtables, other formats) that make creative use of the allotted time (1 hour 45 minutes) are encouraged, including (but not limited to) panels that explore a key text, media, or visual project circulated to conference participants in advance and panels that feature excerpts of audio/visual works or make a visual and/or textual response to a specific concept or keyword relating to the conference themes. Proposals for individual papers are also invited.

Keynote speaker: Faye Ginsburg, New York University

Additional featured presenters include: W J T Mitchell & John Jackson, Jr. on race, visibility and color-blindness; others to be added soon

Organizer email: samuel.martinez@uconn.edu

 

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