With the 2016 theme—Ethnographic Imaginings:Place, Space, and Time—calls for contributors to explore ethnographies as located contextually within meaningful sites and temporal moments. The spaces, places and times we can imagine include explorations of rurality and urbanity, wild and tamed, critical and creative, sensual and cognitive, and contemporary and historical—and all ranges of creative impulse. All manner of ethnographies are welcomed, and the conference theme merely acts as a guide for possibilities. We invite contributors to experiment with traditional ethnography, as well as new methodologies and with new presentational formats such as dramatic, performance, poetic, visual, aromatic, tactile, video, auto-, fictional, and experimental forms of ethnography.
The Visual Research Conference — held annually at the beginning of the American Anthropological Association meeting — in 2015 will take place in Denver, Colorado, November 16-18, with a no-host informal dinner on Monday evening at 7pm, and presentations and discussions all day Tuesday and until 3pm on Wednesday. The Visual Research Conference provides an opportunity for professionals and students to dialogue about visually interesting works-in-progress. 45 minute time slots allow for substantive presentations that include viewing of visual material as well as ample give-and-take with an actively participating audience. Informal discussion times in between the interactive formal presentations, plus conversations at lunch and dinner, create multiple situations for networking and exchange of ideas. Members and non-members are welcome and there is no charge to attend. This is a productive way to meet and interact with others who do anthropological and anthropologically-related research on visual signification, visual communication, and visual forms of representation.
PLEASE NOTE: this Visual Research Conference submission deadline on April 1 is EARLIER than the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting submission deadline on April 15, so that the Visual Research Conference organizing committee has time to carefully review the submissions and invite the 2015 presenters.
The SVA welcomes a variety of individual paper and session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado (November 18-22, 2015). The theme for the meeting is “Familiar Strange,” which provides a rich context for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of visual anthropology.
For the 2015 Annual Meeting, the SVA programming committee consists of:
Susan and Fiona are more than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, or roundtable sessions. We are 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. For all submissions, participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, deadlines, and fees. No exceptions.
There a many different ways for members to participate in the AAA meetings through the SVA. All submissions are due April 15, 2015 unless otherwise indicated. The online abstract submission system opens for all proposal types on February 18, 2015.
Here are the types of submissions possible:
Panels and Sessions
Executive Panels (Due Feb 17: theonline application system is currently open)
Section Invited Sessions (Due April 15)
Volunteered Sessions (Due April 15)
Individually Volunteered Papers &Posters
Public Policy Forums
Section Invited & Volunteered Roundtables
Visit here for a description of each submission type:
Volunteered Papers/Posters/Roundtables/Sessions – Due April 15, 2015
To submit a session, go to AAA website and follow the links to the call for papers. A session abstract of up to 500 words is required. Meeting registration forms and fees must be submitted for each participant. Submission deadline is 5:00 pm EST (10:00 pm GMT) April 15, 2015. Be sure to indicate if you wish the SVA to review your submission.
SVA Sponsored Session Proposals – Due April 15, 2015 online
This includes all paper and poster sessions, roundtable proposals, and individual paper/poster submissions. All Invited Session Proposals (paper or poster sessions) must include a session abstract of up to 500 words and information for all participants (including individual abstracts and any technical needs for your session). Submission will be through the AAA website. We highly encourage anyone planning to submit an invited session proposal to contact us ASAP, ideally by March 1, 2015.
Media Submissions—Due April 15, 2015
SVA continues to welcome interactive media work and also encourages short work that is under 15 minutes. DVD formats are acceptable. Submitted materials will not be returned.
Installations – Due April 15, 2015 onlinethrough the AAA Programming Committee
Installations invite anthropological knowledge off the beaten path of the written conference paper. Presenters may propose performances, recitals, conversations, author-meets-critic roundtables, salon reading workshops, oral history recording sessions and other alternative, creative forms of intellectual expression for consideration. Selected Installations will be curated for off-site exhibition and tied to the official AAA conference program.
2015 SVA Film and Media Festival Submissions – Due April 15, 2015
The SVA Film and Media Festival encourage the submission of short works (under 30 minutes), feature-length ethnographic films, and interactive media. Awards will be given to the best works in a number of categories, including student films and short films. Festival submissions open February 1, 2015. Early-bird discounts for March 15, 2015. The regular submission deadline is April 15, 2015. Late-deadline is May 1, 2015. Please check the SVA Film and Media Festival Without A Box submission page for complete details (including information on where to send your previews).
Contacts: Tom Blakely (email@example.com and copy to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Andrea Heckman (email@example.com)
Jerome Crowder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The SVA Visual Research Conference provides a collegial environment for the presentation of works-in-progress. This Conference especially emphasizes much interaction among the presenters and an “actively participating audience”, and anyone interested is welcome to attend. The Visual Research Conference will take place November 16-18 (Monday 7pm no-host dinner; Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-3pm).
Workshop Call for Proposals
Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art
Saturday, August 15th, 2015, Vancouver B.C. ISEA 2015
Deadline for proposal submission: March 30th, 2015 email@example.com
Organizers: Ethnographic Terminalia Curatorial Collective: Kate Hennessy (Simon Fraser University), Trudi Lynn Smith (University of Victoria), Craig Campbell (University of Texas, Austin), Fiona P. McDonald (New Knowledge Organization, Ltd.), Stephanie Takaragawa (Chapman University); with Glenn Alteen (grunt gallery) and Tarah Hogue (grunt gallery)
Since 2009, the Ethnographic Terminalia Curatorial Collective has staged annual exhibitions in major North American cities (Washington D.C., Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Montreal, New Orleans, Philadelphia) that explore the intersections of art and anthropology. Archives, ephemera, and Indigenous articulations of new media, identity, culture, language, and resistance have emerged as central themes in contemporary art-ethnographic practice and as a central interest to the curatorial work of the collective. New technologies, both materially and conceptually, present opportunities to push theoretical, disciplinary, and aesthetic boundaries. However, the implications of digitization and circulation of archival information present particularly interesting challenges for artists and scholars who seek to represent and exploit the potential of digital archives. Building on the collective’s recent exhibitions, and in conjunction with an exhibition of new media artist Geronimo Inutiq’s Arctic Noise project, co-curated for ISEA 2015 at the grunt gallery in Vancouver (Terminal City), Ethnographic Terminalia invites workshop participants to demonstrate and discuss electronic art works and theoretical frameworks that disrupt material, figurative, discursive, cultural, and political manifestations of the archive, broadly conceived. Our discussions of new technologies and archives will culminate in an experimentation with form: the outcome of the workshop will be a collectively hand-made archive/catalogue of the event that will be later digitized and circulated.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
We seek proposals for presentations in our one-day workshop based on the following format:
1) 5-minute theoretical proposals that take up the 2015 ISEA theme of disruption, as it relates to the archive and its expression in new media
2) 5-minute theoretical proposals that take up the theme of the Terminus, as it relates to the archive and its expression in new media
3) 5-minute theoretical proposals that take up the theme of the New Forms, as it relates to the archive and its expression in new media
4) 15-minute artist statement/demonstrations of artworks that have engaged the archive in a new media / electronic expression.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2015 JOHN COLLIER JR AWARD
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. Submissions cannot be nominated directly from the publisher. Collections of writings by multiple authors will not be considered nor can previous winners submit another time.” 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 2015 should be mailed to: The Collier Committee c/o Andrea Heckman, Chairperson, P. O. Box 714, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.
Deadlines for 2015 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.
Save The Date: The Freiburger Film Forum Is Turning 30!
Since its foundation in 1985, the Freiburger Film Forum <http://www.freiburger-filmforum.de/> has become one of the most highly regarded European festivals devoted to intercultural dialogue. Its curated program of international feature films and documentaries is accompanied by panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and readings. Every two years in Freiburg, it opens a window to the world with current and historical productions from and about Africa, America, Asia, and Oceania – exploring different cultures and ways of life in a globalized world from an international perspective.
We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary by looking back on the festival’s history and presenting highlights, classics, and rare cinematic gems. We will also feature a retrospective of the Sensory Ethnography Lab in Boston, which produces innovative documentaries that inspire us to reflect on what we see and hear in ethnographic films. Of course, we will also be showing outstanding works about selected themes.
We are especially pleased to introduce our new up-and-coming filmmakers’ category. On May 11-13, the Student´s Film Forum <http://www.studentsfilmforum.com/> will be offering young filmmakers a platform to present and discuss their intercultural thesis films and debut features.
We also expect many international guests at our special anniversary, including Judith and David MacDougall – two important ethnological filmmakers known for their Turkana trilogy and the book Transcultural Cinema.
Come and celebrate with us in Freiburg on May 11-17, 2015!
We are now accepting proposals from prospective graduate student participants for the 2015 Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA). We hope you will forward this announcement to interested students and re-post to relevant lists. SIMA is a graduate student summer training program in museum research methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History with major funding from the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation. Summer 2015 dates are June 22-July 17.
During four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops at the museum and an off-site collections facility, students are introduced to the scope of collections and their potential as data. Students become acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of theoretical issues that collections-based research may address. In consultation with faculty, each student carries out preliminary data collection on a topic of their own choice and develops a prospectus for research to be implemented upon return to their home university. Visiting faculty members for 2015 will be Dr. Jason Baird Jackson (Indiana Univ.), Dr. Cara Krmpotich (University of Toronto), and Dr. Marit Munson (Trent Univ.). Local faculty will include Dr. Joshua A. Bell and Dr. Candace Greene of the Smithsonian Anthropology Department.
Who should apply?
Graduate students preparing for research careers in cultural anthropology who are interested in using museum collections as a data source. The program is not designed to serve students seeking careers in museum management. Students at both the masters and doctoral level will be considered for acceptance. Students in related interdisciplinary programs (Indigenous Studies, Folklore, etc.) are welcome to apply if the proposed project is anthropological in nature. All U.S. students are eligible for acceptance, even if studying abroad. International students can be considered only if they are enrolled in a university in the U.S. Canadian First Nation members are eligible under treaty agreements.
The program covers students’ tuition and shared housing in local furnished apartments. A small stipend will be provided to assist with the cost of food and other local expenses. Participants are individually responsible for the cost of travel to and from Washington, DC.
Application deadline – March 1, 2015
SIMA dates for 2015: June 22 – July 17
NEW opportunity for faculty: For SIMA 2015-2017, we will accept faculty fellows to develop courses in museum anthropology. Interested faculty members should see the information included on the SIMA website and contact us at SIMA@si.edu.
If you would like a poster to hang in your department, please contact us with a mailing address.
Ethnologist, Collections and Archives Program
Director, Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
Smithsonian Institution (202) 633-1929
We are pleased to announce the Digital Image Exhibit for the 2014 AAA Media Festival. The Digital Image Exhibit will be run as a looping display at the upcoming meetings in DC, and later hosted on the Society for Visual Anthropology’s website.
Conference participants may submit up to two (and only two) images for consideration in this year’s exhibit. (Note: submissions with more than two images will not be considered.) If you would like to submit your images, please follow the directions below.
Please format your photographs as computer/projection quality 5×7 or 7×5 (@96dpi) JPEG files. Email all images for consideration to digixAAA@gmail.com by November 15th at the very latest. In the body of the email, for each image please supply:
A short title
The date and location of the image
The name of the photographer (i.e. confirm that you are the photographer or that you have use rights for the image)
A brief caption (50 words max!) and any pertinent publication information
IF the image is related to a presentation at the meeting (please include the day & time)
The Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) is a section of the American Anthropological Association. We promote the study of visual representation and media. Both research methods and teaching strategies fall within the scope of the society. SVA members are involved in all aspects of production, dissemination, and analysis of visual forms. Works in film, video, photography, and computer-based multimedia explore signification, perception, and communication-in-context, as well as a multitude of other anthropological and ethnographic themes.