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Kate Hennessy


January 23, 2015

Call for Proposals, Smithsonian Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology 2015

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Dear Colleagues,

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

For more information and to apply, please visit
Additional questions? Want to discuss a project proposal? Email

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

If you would like a poster to hang in your department, please contact us with a mailing address.

Candace Greene
Ethnologist, Collections and Archives Program
Director, Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
Smithsonian Institution
(202) 633-1929

Learn about the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology:


Kate Hennessy


November 14, 2014

SVA Workshops at AAA Meetings

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Two SVA Workshops at the AAA that may be of interest:

1. Crafting Creative/Critical Visualizations (Thursday, Dec. 4, 3:45-5:45pm)

2. Evocative Photography (Friday, Dec. 5, 3:45-5:45pm)

For more information about either, and for registration information, please see

Aynur Kadir


October 16, 2014

Urban Photo Fest Masterclass, Summer School Seminar and Urban Walks

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Urban Photo Fest

24-28 October 2014

The Festival

Urban Photo Fest has evolved through a number of conversations, research initiatives and exhibitions involving a wide range of partners and contributors from the areas of visual arts, film and photography, education, urban research and the social sciences. Originally, the festival started out as a series of annual Urban Encounters symposia held at Tate Britain. Eventually, these symposia developed into a series of well-attended workshops, walks, exhibitions and portfolio reviews. People seemed to be enjoying these conversations, and noticeable, they kept coming back for more.

In addition to the main conference at Tate Britain, we are offering a series of walks on the conference weekend Sunday, where participants will be encouraged to think about and experience movement and flow through a variety of urban spaces. And of course, there are the exhibitions with Habitus (graduates from the International MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London) at the Menier Gallery, Movement (Association of Urban Photographers) at the Silver Print Gallery, and Close to Nowhere (a selection of images from a ten year project focusing on global cities) at the Greenwich Gallery.

Which brings us to this year’s festival theme of Movement, Mobilities and Migrations. These words mean different things to urbanists, photographers and artists; and that is what we want to encourage people to explore throughout the festival events. Hopefully, people will also take this opportunity to experience their own collective and private migrations around London over the five days, to attend the conference, workshop and seminar; go on walks, visit exhibitions and book onto the masterclass. Most importantly, the festival encourages debate about the nature of contemporary photography, and the possibility to network with others interested in this increasingly vital area of visual and urban practice.

Masterclass with Peter Marlow


About the photographer

Urban Photo Fest is pleased to announce this year’s masterclass will be presented by international photographer Peter Marlow, former president of Magnum Photos. Peter’s work focuses on apparently incidental scenes that speak of social relations. His images have a compelling poetic quality and address notions of stasis, movement and change.


About the Masterclass

Following an initial presentation of his work and discussion of related theoretical and technical issues, participants will introduce their images. The Masterclass will focus on how to build a visual story and participants will be given a working brief based on the themes discussed, and then work on producing a number of images to bring back to the group for feedback and critique.


What you will need

In order to participate you will need to submit a short description of the visual story that you intend to develop during the Masterclass along with a portfolio (up to 10 images)


Due to the duration of the course participants are advised to produce and edit their work digitally. The images will need to be edited and put into a Power Point format for next day feedback.


Date 27 & 28 October

Time 9.30 – 12.30

Venue Goldsmiths, University of London

Cost £175 Reduced fee: £150 (Students, LIP Members, iupss Alumni)

Places 12

Info and booking:

Masterclass | Urban Photo Fest

Urban Photo Fest is pleased to announce this year’s masterclass will be presented by international photographer Peter Marlow

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Summer School Seminar ( Tuesday 28th Oct, 2pm)

This is the 5th anniversary of the international Urban Photography Summer School (iUPSS). On this occasion, and as part of the Urban Photo Fest program, the Summer School Seminar offers the opportunity to iUPSS Alumni to gather together and share their current work. The session will be based on short presentations followed by discussions and comments on each project. If you are interested in sharing your work please submit a short description of your intended presentation to
The session is open to all iupss alumni and to the general public.

Workshops & Seminars | Urban Photo Fest

Urban Photo Fest is pleased to announce this year’s masterclass will be presented by international photographer Peter Marlow

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Urban Walks | Urban Photo Fest

Urban Photo Fest is pleased to announce this year’s masterclass will be presented by international photographer Peter Marlow

Read more…


Aynur Kadir


September 9, 2014


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 The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, in partnership with the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA), the Anthropology and Environment Society (AES), and the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA), announces the 2014 Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Program (ELAP). We welcome students to submit targeted applications for one of four program spots. Program participants will receive training in AAA and NASA governance, contemporary issues in anthropology on this year’s selected tracks, mentoring from anthropologists engaged in participants’ area of interest, and will have the opportunity to attend a special meeting at the AAA Washington, DC conference in December.

Positions for 2014:

SVA-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Visual Anthropology

AES-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Anthropology and the Environment

SLACA-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Nationalism, Citizenship and Modernity

 I. Program contents 


— $500 toward expenses for attendance at the AAA conference in Washington, D.C.;

— free membership to the National Association of Student Anthropologists;

— conference fee reimbursement for AAA Washington, D.C.

AAA Washington, D.C. 2014 

— AAA governance training;

— NASA governance participation;

— ELAP Cohort Training Lunch: issues in anthropology, fellowship/scholarship/funding discussion.

Mentoring and professional training paper 

— pairing with a senior anthropologist;

— production of a professional research training paper (PTP);

— students are free to use their PTPs as they see fit, but a special arrangement may be possible with Student Anthropologist, subject to approval by the journal’s editorial board.

II. Eligibility 

i) Any student, ii) regardless of nationality, iii) enrolled at least half-time in a program in anthropology (major, minor, concentration or interdisciplinary area where the focus is anthropology), iv) having completed at least two years of tertiary education at the time of application, and v) able to travel to the AAA meeting in Washington, D.C. in December 2014.

Current officers of the National Association of Student Anthropologists and partnering sections are ineligible to apply. 

III. Professional training paper topics 

Student shall have the opportunity to produce an original piece of research during the program with the assistance of participating mentors on a contemporary topic in anthropology. Students will have several months after the completion of the AAA meeting to work on this paper, and may have an opportunity for publication.

Track 1, Social theory across disciplinary, subfield and national traditions: students in this track are asked to address their professional training paper toward issues related to anthropological practices across spatial, cultural, and topical dimensions. Students should scrutinize the relationship of these dimensions to the historic and contemporary differences and similarities of disparate bodies of theory. How, for example, have positivist paradigms informed some research programs while being rejected in others? Why have certain ‘national’ traditions of anthropology taken the shape that they have?

Track 2, Perspectives on anthropology as discipline, career, and identity: much has been written on the self-situating of the anthropologist, both as this relates to methodological considerations and as a source of anthropological insight. Professional organization and practices in anthropology across the subfields are often linked to identity, as is the choice to pursue a career in anthropology. Students in this track are asked to consider contemporary theory alongside their own experiences on a topic related to anthropology as a discipline, career, and identity.

IV. Application procedure 

To apply, please use our online form. You will need to upload an unofficial transcript, a current resume or CV, and a 500 word statement. You will also need to arrange for a letter of recommendation supporting your application to be emailed independently to

Application form 

Go to:

Personal statement uploaded via the online form 

Applicants will need to write a brief statement of no more than 500 words specifying why you would like to participate in the program, your professional plans after completing your education, your research interests, and a preliminary indication of the concerns within the track you have selected that you intend to address in your professional training paper.

Letter of recommendation 

A letter of recommendation should be sent to with the subject ‘Your Name, ELAP 2014 letter of rec’ (for example: Jane Smith, ELAP 2014 letter of rec).

Basis of selection 

Applicants will be selected for achievement at their respective levels (undergraduate, master, doctoral) based on the following criteria:

— academic performance and intellectual maturity;

— demonstrated leadership;

— commitments and engagements outside of formal education, including community and political activism and professional service;

— demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues within the track chosen (engaged/activist anthropology or world anthropologies).

V. Questions 

Please send all questions to:

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:


For more information:

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.

Kate Hennessy


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
Kate Hennessy


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!


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