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Kate Hennessy


August 15, 2014

Call for Submissions: Ethnographic Terminalia 2014, Washington D.C.

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Submission deadline: September 5th, 2014

We seek projects in any medium for inclusion in Ethnographic Terminalia 2014––The Bureau of Memories: Archives and Ephemera. This theme (two sides of the same coin) invites reflection on the archive and its discontents. Washington’s identity as the seat of American political power is amplified through its role as the locus of its own memorialization. Where there is history, there is haunting. By drawing on the archive’s unnerving, uncanny, and ephemeral specters, this exhibition is an effort to re-imagine and reposition archives as sites which not only have the capacity to produce and contest historical memory, but also generate significant gaps and blind spots.

Ethnographic Terminalia is an initiative that brings artists and anthropologists together to present emerging research through installation and exhibition. As a platform from which divergent modes and methodologies of inquiry are articulated, Ethnographic Terminalia asks what lies within and beyond disciplinary territories, and how those boundaries shape the representation of cultural practice. Now in its sixth year, Ethnographic Terminalia represents a diversity of material, conceptual, and creative engagements where anthropology and art intersect. Inhabiting gallery spaces and site-specific locations, these include sound, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, film, Internet and multi- media works. Organized as a para-site and Installation project of the American Anthropological Association annual meeting, this year’s exhibition will be shown in Washington D.C. at Hierarchy, a new venue near the AAA meeting headquarters.

Submission Format and Guidelines:

Please compile the information below into one MSWord format (.docx or .doc) document (MAX 10 pages), preferably in the following order:

  • Personal contact information (email, phone, postal address)
  • Title of project
  • An artist’s or maker’s statement of project (up to 300 words)
  • A short biographical statement (100 words)
  • A technical proposal for installation of your piece and footprint with measurements (dimensions and technical requirements). Please be as specific as possible about any technologies that you will require or provide.
  • A current CV or résumé (no more than 2 pages)

Submissions should also include:

  • 3 digital images (sized 300 dpi 4”x6”) of the proposed piece
  • A link somewhere in your document to a website for video works, if applicable

Send submissions and queries directly to:

Works must arrive in Washington, D.C. between November 25th and 30th, 2014. If you are unable to work with these dates, please indicate this in your proposal so that alternative arrangements can be made. Please note that preference will be given to completed works. Funding is regrettably not available to support the travel costs of artists, the development of works, shipping, or insurance.

Ethnographic Terminalia 2014—Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Memories: Archives and Ephemera will run from December 3rd-7th, 2014. There will be a reception on Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 7pm at Hierarchy and other special events TBA (schedule is subject to change).

All applicants will be notified about the status of their submission by October 1st, 2014


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



April 15, 2014

EURORAMA – One Europe of peoples in ethnographic film festivals

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Trento 27th – 28th April 2014

Filming the other, filming the intangibile
To the far east of Europe: Russians and Romanians horizons

Eurorama8 presents 11 award winning films which in 2012-2013 took part to some of the most important European festivals of ethnographic film: Sibiu (Romania), Ljubjana (Slovenia), Yekaterinburg (Russia), Belgrade (Serbia), Boltaña (Spain), Vienna (Austria), Tartu (Estonia), Edinburgh (Scotland), Bilbao (Portugal), Kratovo (Macedonia), Dakovo (Croatia). The first section, under the caption “Filming the other, filming the intangible”, recounts of some elusive aspects of our society, such as psychological distress, religious feelings, the time of feasting and everyday life, the joy of creativity, the harmony of gestures and the making of improvised poetry. The second section “In the far east of Europe: Russians and Romanians horizons has two films set in Romania, a country still struggling with the painful changes of the post-socialist era. The other films are set on the far edges of the Russian continent, from neighbouring Azerbaijan, through to the suburbs of Moscow and the remote villages of Siberia.

Eurorama is a ethnographic film section of the Trento Film Festival, the website of the Trento Film Festival is this:

The website of the Museum, which organizes Eurorama is this:


Sunday 27th April 2014

Cinema Multisala Modena (viale S. Francesco d’Assisi, 6 – Trento)

Filming the other, filming the intangibile

15.15 Astra Film Festival 2013 (Sibiu, Romania)
(Student Award)

Matthew’s Laws, by Marc Schmidt, Basaltfilm, Netherlands, 2011, 72 min.

The Director films his childhood buddy, Matthew, who suffers from autism and desperately tries to create order in the chaos around him. Followed closely in his privacy, Matthew’s explosive confrontations with the outside world are alternated with observations and personal confessions. Little by little, the film unravels the complex way of Matthew’s thinking and shows the catastrophic consequences his disorder may eventually have for him.

17.15 NAFA Nordic Anthropological Film Association Festival 2013 (Bilbao, Spain)
Alto do Minho, by Miguel Filgueiras, Museu do Traje de Viana do Castelo, Portugal, 2012, 49 min.
The film shows us scenes of Northern Portugal in rhythmic succession. It shows the many facets of the life in the lowlands and the gentle highlands at the Minho, which is shaped by the rhythm of the Atlantic Ocean, and religious faith, by its past and its present . It is an impressionistic portrait of daily life and festivities in the mountains.

RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2013
(Edinburgh, Scotland)
(Material Culture and Archeology Film Prize)

Rockerill: Rekindling the Fire, by Yves Mora, Belgium, 2011, 53 min.
Five years ago, one of the oldest industrial buildings of Charleroi – ‘les Forges de la Providence’ – was saved from demolition being bought by two citizens: Thierry Camuy and Mika Hell. Together with some close friends and artists, they turned it into a place of alternative creation which became a symbol of renaissance and image rehabilitation for the whole region.

19.15 Days of Ethnographic Film 2013
(Ljubjana, Slovenia)

La Carrera, di Assunta Nugnes e Francesco Costabile, Multidea s.r.l., Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico della Sardegna, Italia, 2013, 78 min.
The Northern Coastline of Sardinia. Castelsardo. During the Holy Week it becomes the stage of a complex and fascinating ritual. The undisputed stars are the singers of the Santa Croce Congregation. A brotherhood. A group of singers. A group of men. They stop time with an unique aim: to go out on the streets and sing about the Passion of Christ. Their voices echo through the dark alleys while they try to surpass the boundaries of everyday life and their own humanity in order to be redeemed through their voices. It is a world of men, but above the men’s voices there is one more voice, the ethereal, the virtual, the voice of Our Lady.
21.15 Espiello International Festival of Ethnographic Documentary 2013 (Boltaña, Spain)
(Special Mention of the Jury)

Bertsolari, by Asier Altuna, Txintxua Films SL, Spain 2011, 85 min.
The bertsolari is the improviser of verse sung in the Basque language, l’euskara. This oral tradition has managed to evolve and adapt to the times, connecting with the younger generation and bringing together ten thousand people at the final of the last championship. An austerely aesthetic art that surprises in this era of spectacle and special effects.

Monday 28th April 2014

Sala Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto (via Garibaldi, 33 – Trento)

Ore 10.00 “Carnival King of Europe” in France: film by Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina realized for the exhibition “Le monde à l’envers”, Marseille, Musée des Civilisations d’Europe et Méditerranée, 2014.

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


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

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


June 12, 2012


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We seek submissions for Artless Photographs, an exhibition to be held during October 2012 in Cincinnati as part of the Fotofocus Biennial (

Artless Photographs examines documentary photographs taken in a range of institutional contexts that record exacting details about individual bodies and identities while also generating diagnostic and predictive typologies. Taking the viewer from events as distinct as model castings in New York’s fashion industry to exhumations in post-conflict Spain, the show compels viewers to think critically about the power and utter mundanity of photography and the practices that produce them. Arguing that these seemingly “artless photographs” are anything but straight-forward representations, the exhibition explores how the standardization and routinization of these images’ production simultaneously de-emphasizes the role of the photographer while also elevating the expertise required to interpret and read the small details and auratic potential of these images. Exhibiting these collections alongside audio, visual, and textual documentation of the processes of their production, the show will juxtapose what appears to be the placelessness of these images with their embedded institutional ecologies to explore the multiple temporalities and mediations of identity.

We are looking for research-based submissions of both “artless photographs” and documentation of their production processes.  This may include ethnographic vignettes, audio or video recordings, and/or photographs.

We are particularly interested in medical and scientific imaging (CT scans, MRI, histology, x-rays, forensic photography), government and institutional identification imaging (driver’s licenses, passport photos, criminal booking photographs, biometric measurements), and commercial and media images (stock photography, photojournalism), but are open to submissions beyond these areas, as well.

The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2012.

Each submission should include a pdf cover sheet with the following information:

1)     The author/artist/anthropologist’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information;

2)     A brief 250-word statement explaining the collected materials and their relationship to the show;

3)     An annotated list of submission materials (photographs, audio files, vignettes, video, etc.) including file names and sizes and whether the submission is exhaustive or representative of a larger body of work;

4)     A statement affirming that the author/artist/anthropologist has the right to exhibit the included work.

All video footage, audio recordings, photographic images, and ethnographic vignettes should be submitted as files or links (dropbox) with this cover sheet via email to If your materials do not fit into a single email, please send them via dropbox and include the corresponding link to the public file.  Please note that at this initial stage of the process, we do not need high-resolution images. 

Please contact the show curators, Stephanie Sadre-Orafai,, or Lee Douglas,, with questions or for more information.

Kate Hennessy


June 7, 2012

Call for Submissions: Ethnographic Terminalia 2012

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Ethnographic Terminalia seeks submissions for Audible Observatories, an exhibition to be held in San Francisco in November 2012. Artist-researchers, collaborators, anthropologists and other artistically inclined scholars are encouraged to submit their proposals prior to July 15, 2012.

Audible Observatories makes a playful connection between research-based art and place-bound exhibition in order to animate a curatorial vision that foregrounds audio-centric works within a broader rubric of site-specificity. We conceptualize the audible observatory as either a mobile or a stationary site of perception that is sensible to others just as it is a place from which sensing the world happens. Audible observatories are points of sensory convergence. They are nodes where worlds perceived through the senses intersect and begin the labour of transforming independent events into knowable and meaningful claims. They speak and they are spoken to.

Audible Observatories will be a distributed public event in San Francisco with an amalgam of location specific points and zones of exhibition. We are looking for research-based audio focused works to exhibit. These might include digital media, image, and sound files, websites and other interactive media, video works where audio figures prominently. Sculptural and other works will also be considered. In some cases we may be able to support installation. As in past shows, we will work with our exhibitors (if necessary) to develop installations and short statements about their work which point to larger interpretive frameworks.

This project ties in with and is supported by the meetings of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Visual Anthropology. A round table discussion featuring Steve Feld, John Wynne, Angus Carlyle, and Rupert Cox has been organized and will be taking place during the course of this event. We also expect to be exhibiting work by these artists.

Ethnographic Terminalia is an initiative designed to celebrate borders without necessarily exalting them. Now in its fourth year of exhibition, it is meant to be a playful engagement with reflexivity and positionality; it seeks to ask what lies beyond and what lies within disciplinary territories. Ethnographic Terminalia is an exploration of what means to exhibit anthropology – particularly in some of its less traditional forms – in proximity to and conversation with contemporary art practices.

Go to the Call for Submissions Form

The terminus is the end, the boundary, and the border.
It is also a beginning, its own place, a site of experience and encounter.


Kate Hennessy


March 10, 2012

Call for Films – 5th Festival of Visual Anthropology ASPEKTY

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Festival of Visual Anthropology ASPEKTY in Poland is pleased to announce submission for the 5th edition of festival. Submissions are free and open for every documentary films from any field of ethnographic, anthropological, analytical approach to cultures and societies. Festival has audience competition program. Submitted films must have been completed after year 2008

Entries Deadline: 1st July , 2012; Films Delivery Deadline: 31st July, 2012;
5th Festival of Visual Anthropology ASPEKTY 2012 Torun, 22nd – 25th November 2012
Ethnographic Museum in Torun, Poland

ASPEKTY is a yearly anthropological film festival, which aims in exploring various areas of culture. The principle of the festival is to discover and present various relations, phenomena, interactions and mechanisms within cultures For more information and submission forms, rules please visit or contact us: festival (AT)

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