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Kate Hennessy


March 12, 2009

2009 Visual Research Conference: Call for Submissions!

March 12, 2009 | By |

What: The 2009 VISUAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE, to be held in Philadelphia on the Tuesday and Wednesday before the AAA Meetings, is calling for submissions.
Deadline: March 20th 2009
Submissions: Visit the SVA Website to submit your abstract.

The annual Visual Research Conference takes place on the Tuesday and Wednesday before the AAA meetings. It provides an opportunity for professional and student visual anthropologists to meet and enjoy exposure to visual works in progress. Presentations are 45 – 60 minutes in length and allow for extended viewing of visual material and discussion. There is thus much more opportunity for substantive give-and-take than in the usual AAA session. Conversations continue at lunch and dinner, and then at other SVA events and throughout the AAA meetings, creating multiple situations for networking and exchange of ideas. Members and non-members are welcome and there is no charge to attend. This is a wonderful way to meet and interact with others in the field. Presentations by members have included a CD about the classic Ax Fight film, discussions on primate behavior, Native American sign language, and the early history of ethnographic film. Much of the presentation should involve visual materials.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 20th, 2009.

Kate Hennessy


February 28, 2009

Consortium on Human Rights and Expressive Culture

February 28, 2009 | By |

Where: CUNY Hunter College
When: ongoing to 2010

The Consortium on Human Rights and Expressive Culture is a research initiative aimed at assessing the place of anthropology – especially the anthropology of music, dance, art, or other expressive media – in activating social change and resolving human rights issues and international conflicts.

The importance of development, globalization, ethno-national conflicts, and human rights to contemporary anthropology has revealed itself in the recent theoretical and methodological concerns of scholars and researchers. Especially within the context of contemporary wars, anthropologists struggle with ethical concerns due to the strategic and political weight of anthropological knowledge in foreign policy. The Consortium will address these concerns within the study of expressive culture (i.e. ethnomusicology, ethnochoreology, food studies, etc.) and attempt to refine current theory and methodology in order to answer such central questions as:

1. How does the study of expressive culture impact our understanding of contemporary issues such as development, globalization, ethno-national conflicts, and human rights, especially in conflict zones?

2. How can ethnographic fieldwork methods affect the way in which both academia and the public see warfare and violence?

3. What is the role of expressive media in shaping nationalist movements and defining geopolitical space?

4. What is the place of expressive culture for communities in flux (i.e. migrants to urban areas, refugee populations, ethno-national diasporas?)

5. How can expressive culture act as a mediating device in conflict zones and during periods of political unrest?

Students and scholars are invited to contribute to the Consortium through participation in study groups, workshops, online discussions, and monthly meetings, which will culminate in a symposium to be held in 2010 at CUNY Hunter College. For further information, or to submit a statement of interest, send an email to or visit

Kate Hennessy


February 19, 2009

AAA 2009 Call for Poster Abstracts- “Innovations, Explorations, and End/s: Examining the Purposes and Limits of the Visual in Anthropology”

February 19, 2009 | By |

Dear colleagues, we are soliciting abstracts for the SVA’s Invited Poster
Session at the 2009 AAA Meeting in Philadelphia. As you will see from the
brief session abstract below, we are especially interested in proposals on
innovative projects and/or from emerging practitioners (so student
submissions are certainly welcome). Also please note that because the
official deadline for Invited Sessions in March 1st, abstracts (of 250 words
or less) should be emailed to Jonathan Marion ( by
Wednesday, Feb. 25th for full consideration.

“Innovations, Explorations, and End/s: Examining the Purposes and Limits of
the Visual in Anthropology”

The double entendre of this year’s AAA theme, “The End/s of Anthropology”,
questions both the purposes and limits of anthropological undertakings. The
posters in this section take up these dual foci as they apply to the visual
in anthropology. We welcome poster submissions that critically address the
assumed or contested “ends” of the visual as evidence, illustration, or
subjectively biased representation, and that engage alternative viewing
practices and theory. Innovative proposals and submissions from emerging
visual practitioners are especially welcome.

Best regards,

Jonathan S. Marion
(SVA special projects)

Aaron Glass and Nancy Marie Mithlo
(SVA program committee)

Kate Hennessy


February 19, 2009

AAA 2009 Call for Abstracts- “Media-Producing Anthropologists”

February 19, 2009 | By |

Please consider submitting an abstract for consideration in the
proposed panel, Media-Producing Anthropologists, at the American
Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, December 3-7, 2009. Participants should be prepared to
screen and critique their own nonfiction visual production. Please
send abstracts to Adam Fish at, before March 20,
2009 with the subject heading: AAA 2009 Panel.

For more information on the conference please visit

Thank you,

Adam Fish
University of California, Los Angeles
Current TV, VC2 Producer

Media-Producing Anthropologists
Adam Fish, Chair/Organizer

Following the conference theme, the End/s of Anthropology, this panel
investigates a post-textual, pro-visual anthropology. What new visual
languages exist in the digital present? How does anthropological media
production exist as an effective representational strategy in an age
of amateur “democratized” media production and the hybridization of
nonfiction genres? This panel explores emergent modes of
anthropological visual media production. Panelists are media producing
anthropologists who reflexively decompress the problems of field
producing, editing, and exhibiting anthropologically illustrative
media. Our subjects are the possibilities and limitations inherent in
the use of video cameras, editing technologies, information
architectures, or narrative structures. We discuss the mechanics and
experience of media production and the architectonics that dominate
the construction of visual actualities. Recently completed or
in-development work are showcased to illustrate new methods of visual
media production in anthropology. Presentations will be highly
visible. Each panelist will criticize at least one of his or her
recorded and edited clips. As anthropological media advances astride
technological elaborations new audiences emerge and traditional
audiences change. Panelists are encouraged to connect their production
and editing choices to the modulating political economy of media
anthropology within academia and beyond.

Kate Hennessy


February 5, 2009

The Museum of Anthropology at CSU, Chico Presents: The 25th Annual American Visions Photography Juried Exhibition

February 5, 2009 | By |

When: Competition Deadline; May 8, 2009
Where: California State University, Chico: Museum of Anthropology
Museum website:
Description: Going Green

The new buzzword is sustainability.  As more people try to account for their carbon footprint, where do you stand on the green path?  Beyond preserving the planet, green simply brings one back to summer days, lush forests, new growth and verdant landscapes.  Show the judges your vision of going green – whether it be bicycles, solar panels, or the backyard garden.

The $500 Valene Smith Award for Excellence in Visual Anthropology will be given to the Best in Show.  Three honorable mentions will be recognized.

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Kate Hennessy


January 21, 2009

Call for essays: Oral History and Photography – EDITED Collection

January 21, 2009 | By |

Deadline for abstracts: Jan 31. 2009

We are seeking original research essays for a collection entitled Oral History and Photography. Oral history and its diverse practical and theoretical relationships to photography are at the centre of this essay collection, which will explore the interconnections and synergies between theory, method and politics in the two fields. In their essays, the authors will consider oral history and photography as distinct but related research methods; as evidence for interpretation; and as tools for activism and social movements. The themes and questions we aim to consider are detailed below.

We seek papers that are based on original research, reflect practical experience with oral history and photography, and have not previously been published. The essays will be in English, and we encourage contributions from around the world. They should be about 6,000 words long and may include photographic images. Authors will be responsible for obtaining all rights for the publication of photographs and interviews (forms will be provided).


31 Dec. 2008: Expression of interest (encouraged but not mandatory). 31 January 2009: Abstracts of up to 500 words should be sent to the editors, together with a short CV including contact details, and one example of previously published work in a relevant field. 30 June 2009: Acceptance letters sent to authors. 30 November 2009: Submission of papers.

Please submit all expressions of interest and abstracts/CVs to
with the subject line: Oral History and Photography Read More



January 15, 2009

Call for Papers: Laughter and Everyday Life

January 15, 2009 | By |

Paper proposals are invited for the panel, Laughter and Everyday Life for the American Anthropological Association’s Meetings in 2009.

Schedule: December 2-6.
Venue: Philadelphia Marriott, Philadelphia, PA

Keywords: Laughter, Hegemony, Everyday Life

This panel seeks to address the discursive space of laughter as a social fault line in everyday politics. Proposal of interest would broadly explore laughter for the analysis of hegemonic processes,
gender, class, and nation. The regional focus is open. Cultural practices and texts include but are not limited to theater, cartoons, jokes, stand-up comedy, television, and film.

Papers that integrate the conference theme, The End/s of Anthropology, and associated questions: Does anthropology still provide a unique contribution?  What are its contemporary goals, and are they different
from those of previous intellectual generations?  would be of particular interest.

Please e-mail a 250 word abstract by March 10, 2009 to:

Ritu G. Khanduri
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Texas at Arlington



January 7, 2009

Anthropology Film Festival at the University of British Columbia

January 7, 2009 | By |

We are holding our 3th annual Anthropology Film Festival at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver,  and are presently accepting submissions. Would you help us to spread the news? We received some excellent films from students last year, so please encourage students that you know to send in their work.

The deadline is January 15, 2009 (we will accept late submissions as long as they email us by deadline with their interest). The festival runs May 13-16 in conjunction with the CASCA-AES conference at UBC.

You can find the Call for Submissions at

Download the application form at



December 24, 2008

Ethnocineca 2009

December 24, 2008 | By |

Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest, Vienna
Call for Films

Submission deadline:  February 13, 2009
Festival dates: May 20-23, 2009
Location:  KosmosTheater, Vienna

The “ETHNOCINECA – Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna” is a film festival in Austria. It is being organized by MASN-Austria in cooperation with the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology in Vienna.

Currently we are busy organizing the ETHNOCINECA 2009. This year’s festival will be presented under a new name. The Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna will be held in the KosmosTheater from 20 – 23 May 2009 and we will do our best to offer you exciting and interesting film days. Films can be submitted until 13 February, 2009 and this years’ selection of films for the Ethnocineca 2009 will be decided upon in March.

We invite all filmmakers and media-artists to submit film and media works until 13 February 2009. You can download the submission forms and regulations at the URL below.

We are looking forward to your contributions!

For further details see our website:
Submission forms may be downloaded at:




December 18, 2008

SVA Call for Papers

December 18, 2008 | By |

Dear fellow SVA/AAA members,

As your SVA Program Committee for the 2009 AAA meeting in Philadelphia (December 2-6), we would like to invite the development of papers, posters and panels to be reviewed or sponsored by the SVA. The general theme for the 2009 meeting is “The End/s of Anthropology”—suggesting both the goals and the possible futures of the field—which should allow for much productive contribution by practitioners of visual anthropology.

We know SVA members have a lot to offer the larger organization, so we also encourage the development of professional skill-building workshops (for which registration fees apply, providing needed revenue to the SVA).

Deadlines for submission to SVA for special status consideration (these panels are automatically accepted into the 2009 program and receive prioritized scheduling):

  • Presidential/Executive sessions (ought to fit with the 2009 AAA general theme for best chance of acceptance): January 10, 2009
  • Invited SVA session (open topically, but should best exemplify the state of the field today): March 1, 2009

Deadline for on-line registration and regular paper, poster, panel and workshop submission to AAA (please choose SVA as the “reviewing” section): 5pm ET, April 1, 2009

In general, our criteria for evaluating all proposals will be:

  1. Relevance to the future of the field in terms of attention to various media platforms, significance to theory, and inclusion of indigenous or community perspectives.
  2. Coherence of thesis, clarity of aims, innovativeness of approach, applicability to membership.
  3. Attention to methodology, especially a concern with ethics (best practices).
  4. Contribution to the intellectual viability of visual anthropology, to anthropology in general, and to complementary fields of study.

We are here to help you—the membership of SVA—create the best program that we can. Please feel free to contact either of us with questions or suggestions as you develop proposals. Good luck!

Nancy Marie Mithlo ( and Aaron Glass (

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