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Sara Perry


June 30, 2014

Announcing the Heritage Jam!

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The Heritage Jam, 11 July 2014Are you concerned with the way the past is presented? Have you ever worked with (or wished you could work with) art, photos, video, diagrams, websites or other forms of graphic and performance pieces in the context of interpreting the archaeological and heritage records? Are you interested to innovate with the visualisation of history and prehistory?

If so, we invite your participation in The Heritage Jam (, a collaborative global event in heritage visualisation, taking place both online and in-person on the 11th of July 2014 at the University of York (York, UK).

The Heritage Jam is an interdisciplinary visualisation showcase and competition, open to artists, historians, animators, designers, programmers, archaeologists, conservators, museums professionals, heritage practitioners, students and other interested specialists and members of the public. We aim to join people together – either in groups or independently – to experiment with the creation of new, forward-thinking visualisations of the past. Ultimately we seek to foster partnerships, friendships and creative links that push on the boundaries of heritage interpretation, injecting new ideas into the field and growing the heritage industry overall.

No experience is necessary – we welcome registration from anyone with any degree of interest in imagery, art, interpretation, history and archaeology. We take inspiration from jamming events commonly held in the games industry, where ad-hoc groups meet for short, intensive periods of time to produce prototypes around a specific theme. This year’s Jam theme centres on the visualisation of burials and burial spaces in archaeology and heritage contexts.

This is a chance to work with new materials, forms, techniques, ideas; a unique opportunity to develop your creative and technical skills, and to drive forward larger appreciation of how visualisation both animates the past and creates possibilities in the present and future.

Registration is open to all. Participation in person on 11 July includes a £10 fee for refreshments, lunch and access to facilities. Remote participation is free.

To find out about the ways you can take part, on entry and prizes, and to read content on how to Jam, see our webpages at:

You can also like and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (, for updates and sneak-previews!

Kate Hennessy


June 23, 2014

Call for Films: Xenophobia and the Ethnographic Film

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The Athens Ethnographic Film Festival  is introducing a new themed-screenings section, which will be showcasing ethnographic films focused on particular social issues. This year’s theme is “xenophobia”. As we consider issues of racist violence, aggressive expressions of nationalism and social exclusion to be of pressing relevance for the Athenian society today, we have decided to launch the themed section of the festival with a selection of ethnographic films that deal with such issues.

We are inviting submissions for films made by/ in collaboration with anthropologists (or other social scientists), which deal with one or more of the following issues: xenophobia; racism; racist hatred/violence; (religious/ ethnic) intolerance; social exclusion; discrimination; nationalism; euro-centrism.

The deadline is for submissions is July 28th. Please circulate and contact us for any queries or suggestions at :<> (stating ‘xenophobia section’ in the subject)

Follow this link to find out more and submit your film, or see the attached call.

The curators,
Dafni Sofianopoulou and Christos Varvantakis
for the Athens Ethnographic Film Festival<> <>

PLEASE NOTE: It is the intention of the festival organizers to invite as many filmmakers as possible in order to present and discuss their films with the audience, as well as to organize a workshop on the issue of Xenophobia/Racism and ethnographic film. These plans, however, are subject to the festival’s final budget restrictions.

Kate Hennessy


June 14, 2014

Call for Abstracts: ‘Sensual Landscapes of Ethnography’

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The International Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui 2014
‘Sensual Landscapes of Ethnography’

26 – 28 November 2014
Special interest day with pre conference workshops, and papers in Spanish and Portuguese on 25 November 2014

Call for Abstracts OPEN
Deadline 30 June 2014

Researchers and practitioners from across the disciplines of performance and arts, law, anthropology, education, geography, health, management, business, psychology, sociology, cultural, and ethnic and gender studies – and any other discipline where ethnography advances scholarship and public understanding of the way groups and individuals interact and live their lives into being – are invited to submit papers, posters, creative research sessions, and pre-set thematic sessions. There are three major content strands of themes for the CEAD hui:

  • Emerging Methods: Traditional, Experimental, Transgressive Forms
  • Praxis and Advocacy: Doing Ethnography on the Ground
  • Social Justice and Transformation: Theoretical Ethnographic Visions

Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (CEAD)
25 – 28 Nov 2014
University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ

Kate Hennessy


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:


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Kate Hennessy


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).

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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Kate Hennessy


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

Kate Hennessy


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



February 17, 2014

CFP: Producing Images, Dialog, and Text

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AAA 2014, Washington, D. C.


Sound. Lights. Cameras. Action.

As ethnographers, we conduct interviews, make observations, take visual and written field notes, and ultimately become producers of films, written text, and/or photo essays in efforts to analyze and communicate field experiences. With the plethora of technology at our disposal, we are challenged to be scientists and artists, writers and image-makers and to create methodologies for better communication of topics ranging from modern issues to enduring ancient practices. In 1987, the Society for Visual Anthropology was created to encourage the use of photography, films, video, and multi-media as valuable, legitimate methods for fieldwork, not limited to only illustrations for papers. Many ethnographers are now recognizing the communicative power of visual representation for collecting data, analysis, and accurate presentation of and by those studied.

This panel will deal with experimental presentations of people and their processes, their practices, and their sense of place through cutting edge technologies, Internet, websites, and social media and will include how we create our projects, fund them, and incorporate storytelling.  The presentations include global ethnographies improved upon by video clips, digital photography, and social media, and reflexive processual commentary by the researchers. Controversies will be investigated concerning the nature of research questions, interview techniques, cultural intrusion, and the social ethics of creating visual media, and consideration of the final research products, which are then transferred from one culture to inform another. This panel continues the exploration of the creative ideas presented by SVA in Chicago 2013.

Interested panel presenters should contact

Requirements for presenters: Send inquiries to Andrea Heckman. A 250-word abstract is required and membership in the American Anthropology Association when the panel is submitted to AAA in April. Section membership in the Society for Visual Anthropology is suggested.

Kate Hennessy


January 18, 2014


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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 (

Fiona P. McDonald (

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

Kate Hennessy


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:

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.


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 ( ).

Looking for others to complete a panel? Try placing your call for panelists at

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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