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Kate Hennessy


November 11, 2008

SVA Festival 2009 Request for Media Submissions

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Request for Media Submissions! The 2009 SVA/AAA Film, Video, and Interactive Media Festival will take place during the AAA’s 108th Annual Meeting to be held in Philadelphia, PA, December 2 – December 6, 2009. As in the past, SVA selects a jury of anthropologists and film scholars who decide which submissions to include in the festival and, among those, which will receive awards. We continue to welcome interactive media work, and we also encourage short videos, particularly those under 20 minutes in length. Both NTSC and PAL formatting will be accepted for submissions. All entries must be in DVD format to be screened at the Festival. Registration for all submissions must be completed by April 1, 2009, at the AAA website. The registration area is typically  available by mid March.  Dr. Carol Hermer is the 2009 SVA Festival Coordinator, and any questions about the Festival should be directed to her at  Filmmakers and distributors are asked to send a copy of work that the SVA jury will consider to the Festival Submissions Manager, Dr. Joyce Hammond, Department of Anthropology, Mail Stop 9083, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 98225, postmarked no later than April 1, 2009. Students who are just finishing a film must also register on the AAA site by April 1, but they may submit their work up until May 15. Submitted materials will not be returned. Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance and award winners will be sent out in the summer. Clips of selected films and award winners will be placed on the SVA website.

Kate Hennessy


October 1, 2008

The FIFEQ sends out its Call for Films

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The Festival du Film Ethnographique du Québec (FIFEQ) is now in its sixth year! From January 30th to February 1st 2009, approximately one hundred ethnographic films will be shown free of charge in both Montreal and Quebec. The screening of these films will be accompanied by lectures, roundtable discussions and social gatherings.

We are now accepting film submissions until November 21st, 2008.

Two copies of the films should be submitted in DVD format, in either English or French, or containing English or French sub-titles. The films should be sent to the following name and address:

Katherine Romanow, coordinator FIFEQ 2009
Pharmaprix #0042
P.O Box 55155 BP Mackay
1500 Ste-Catherine Street O.
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 1S0

The films should be accompanied by a submission form which can be found at our website:

Good luck to all candidates!

Katherine Romanow
Coordinator, FIFEQ 2009
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Kate Hennessy


September 28, 2008

First International Showcase of Ethnographic and Documentary Film in Puerto Rico

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First International Showcase of Ethnographic and Documentary Film in Puerto Rico
21 – 24 April 2009

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón will celebrate its First International Showcase of Ethnographic and Documentary Film in Puerto Rico from the 21st to the 24th of April 2009 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During four days, the two sponsoring institutions will become a space to celebrate, discuss and share ideas about the visual medium and its potential to develop new forms of knowledge and new expressions from the perspective of the humanities and cultural studies.

We are interested in receiving submissions of documentaries from all over the world that address cultural and ethnographic issues (understood in its broadest sense). Our program will highlight entries that reflect an intimate encounter with the context which they represent and that are committed to a particular point of view as manifest through their cinematographic authorship. A jury, composed of members of the academic and artistic community of Puerto Rico, will offer prizes for the most outstanding submissions, including student films. Read More

Kate Hennessy


September 28, 2008

8th VISCULT – FESTIVAL 2.-5.10.2008 in Joensuu, Finland

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8th VISCULT – FESTIVAL 2.-5.10.2008 in Joensuu, Finland
An international festival of visual culture


The main theme of Viscult 2008 is ”Transformations ”
The programme consists of ethnographic, anthropological and documentary films.

The festival programme is now complete and the website is updated: The programme includes 23 films from 14 countries. Read More

Kate Hennessy


September 11, 2008

AAA 2008: SVA Sessions and Events Accepted and Scheduled

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Society for Visual Anthropology
Sessions and Events Accepted and Scheduled
2008 Meetings of the American Anthropological Society, San Francisco, CA.

The following SVA-reviewed sessions and events have been accepted and scheduled for this year’s AAA meetings in San Francisco. The SVA is making a strong contribution to this year’s theme of “Inclusion, Collaboration, and Engagement” with an excellent Film, Video, and Interactive Media Festival line-up, and a range of compelling workshops, sessions, roundtables, and poster presentations.

Any questions or comments should be directed to:

Aaron Glass
Kate Hennessy
SVA Program Chairs

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September 3, 2008

Rhetoric of the Image: Visual Culture in Political Islam

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Conference to be held at Copenhagen University, Denmark
Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, 2009.

While narrative sources and oral communication were key in the formation and transmission of Islamic culture in the pre-modern period, an increasing use of visual media in the cultural production of modern Islamic societies has effectively placed the image alongside– if not above– text-based rhetorical models. Over the course of the twentieth century, visual media such as film, television, the graphic arts, illustrated books, and pamphlets were mobilized in the drive to modernize and to define a role for Islam in the public domain of everyday politics. In more recent years, new media forms like satellite television and the internet have offered further possibilities to use visual rhetoric for the public representation of Islamic subjectivities. The use of image-based narratives in modern Islamic culture generates an increasingly visualized public sphere that enables states, political groups, and individuals to construct and deploy ideological messages through culturally recognizable symbols.

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August 13, 2008

Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival 2008

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Submissions are open for the 2008 Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival!

The 2008 Mead Festival will take place in November at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Criteria for submissions are as follows:

  • films must be documentary or experimental non-fiction (including animation and new media)
  • production year must be 2006, 2007 or 2008
  • films can be any length
  • no resubmissions

Special focus for 2008 – films regarding global warming (short, feature-length, animation or new media). If you’d like to submit your film, please fill out an entry form (available at and send a DVD (multi-zone or zone 1 preferred, any zone acceptable) or VHS (PAL or NTSC) to:

Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024 USA
+1 212.769.5305

There is no entry fee. Entries must be postmarked by April 30, 2008. Entries will not be returned.

If you have questions or need more information, contact us at or visit our website

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