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October 26, 2015

Ethnographic Terminalia Presents ‘Aeolian Politics’, Denver 2015

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Denver, CO. November 17-22, 2015
Emmanuel Gallery

In the midst of this boom of writing and thinking and worrying about the end of the world brought on by anthropogenic climate catastrophes, Ethnographic Terminalia presents Aeolian Politics.  It is indeed the end of time for glaciers that have withstood thousands of years, cycling through periods of freeze and thaw.  It is the end of time for entire species extinguished at such an alarming rate that even the most hardened observer of the ‘news’ must be a little shaken and perturbed.

It is in this moment that we have enthusiastically collaborated with Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer to translate their work, Aeolian Politics, into an exhibition. We all inhabit the weather world, regardless of the little shelters built to insulate us from the elements. The banal familiarity of the seasons as they wash over us no longer require studied effort to estrange them.  Strange weather is here.  The force of this world—which we re-engineered through centuries of mining, fossil-fuel burning, over-fishing, agro-industrial growth, and so on—imposes itself upon our everyday so that we must make a constant effort to make the strange familiar and pretend that everything will be okay. At times the veneer of a stable and predictable life seems terribly thin.

We welcome you to explore the Windhouse, a gallery within a gallery, caught up in an airy torrent of wind politics where the materiality of Zapotec words invoke the weird familiarity of wind in the weather world.

Emmanuel Gallery
November 17-22, 2015
1205 10th Street, Denver, CO 80204
http://www.emmanuelgallery.org/

Opening Reception Friday 20 November 7pm – 11:30 pm

For more information please visit our website and Press Release

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October 15, 2015

VAR SUPPLEMENTS: Noelle Stout on Promiscuous Circulation

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Noelle Stout’s video interview about her article, “Bootlegged: Unauthorized Circulation and the Dilemmas of Collaboration in the Digital Age” (VAR 30-2, Fall 2014), shows how digital technology both expands the possibilities for collaborative ethnographic filmmaking and challenges these relationships, since videos can be easily copied and circulated beyond the established consent agreements.

 

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August 13, 2015

Call for Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival Co-Directors

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The Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) invites applications for Co- Directors for the annual SVA Film and Media Festival (SVAF&MF). This is a 3- year position that will begin after the end of the 2015 meetings (December 2015) and continues until the end of the 2018 Meetings (with the option of serving a reduced 2-year term through 2017). Ideally, the terms will be coordinated so that there will be some overlap between terms by current and new co-editors.

About SVAF&MF:

The Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film & Media Festival is the premier venue for screening ethnographic film and media showcasing works by students, professional anthropologists, and documentary filmmakers from around the world. Each year the festival is held during the

American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) annual conference.

SVAF&MF is a three and half day event that begins on Wednesday afternoon and concludes on Saturday evening of the AAA meetings. SVAF&MF co- directors work with the SVA board and jury, comprised of anthropologists and filmmakers to make programing decisions and select films to be included in the festival each year on the basis of ethnographic relevance, production quality and contribution to the field of anthropology.

Qualifications of SVAF&MF co-directors include:

  1. A proven background in fields related to Visual Anthropology and Ethnographic Film.
  2. Proven organizational skills, especially in managing events and coordinating presentations and Q&A sessions (i.e. workshops, conferences, and/or visual exhibitions).
  3. Familiarity with the technologies associated with online screening and assessment as well as film festival exhibition (Vimeo, Youtube, Dropbox, Google Doc, Handbreak, WithoutaBox and Film Freeway, (MOV.) QuickTime, iTunes).
  4. Familiarity with the canon of Ethnographic Film in the American tradition.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Contract with the film festival hosting site (WithoutABox or Film Freeway) to renew and update the festival account and submission listing (Jan).
  2. Work with the S V A board members to solicit submissions through annual calls for entries (Deadlines include – Early: Feb 15; Regular: March 15; Late: April 15).
  3. Organize pre-screening of films. Digitize DVDs and digital media that are submitted into an online format (currently Vimeo) suitable for prescreening and jurying. Create ranking database.
  4. Appoint the SVAF&MF Jury in consultation with the SVA board.
  5. Manage S V AF&MF Gmail mailbox
  6. Send pre-screening notes and assignments to SVAF&MF Jury.
  7. Coordinate the hosting of the jury meetings and works with SVAPresident and the SVAF&MF jury to coordinate the 3-day jurying of films (June).
  8. Determine prizewinners with jury; notify winner and assist withcoordination of travel plans with filmmakers attending the festival and award presentations with SVA Board.
  9. ScheduletheSVAFilm&MediaFestivalinconsultationwithSVAprogramming Committee for room availability/requirements andtechnology needs.

10.Create program (collate synopsis, press materials and film stills into one master document). Advertise for the film festival via email and social media. Work with SVA website manager to upload the program and trailers on the SVA website.

11.Manage the collection of final exhibition prints – digitize all prints into MOV. QuickTime Film. Procure a laptop and hard drives to store and screen film during the festival and organize the digital films according to the program.

12.Organize staffing (projectionist and program manager) for all three days of the film festival itself at the Annual Meetings of the AAA. Coordinate facilitators for the Q&A session with filmmakers in attendance.

13.Manage budget in consultation with SVA Treasurer, including costs for jurying, technical support, staff, travel awards, and advertising.

The SVAF&MF Co-Directors should commit to the following work effort:

  1. Two to three hours a week from January to early March for festival planning/preparation.
  2. Three to four hours a week from mid-March to April for festival related communications, database preparation.
  3. Five to six hours a week in April and May for pre-screening communications, data input, etc.
  4. Three weeks in June for jurying preparation and jurying hosting.
  5. Four to five hours a week from July to September for conference andfilm festival coordination and planning, communicating with filmmakers and AAA programming committee, and to prepare an annual report for the SVA Board.
  6. At least twelve hours a week in October and early November for festival coordination and planning.
  7. At least several days immediately before, during and after the AAA annual meeting for festival management. (Past co-directors found that at least half of every day at the annual meeting was used in festival related activities). Co-directors should expect to arrive at the AAA meetings one day early (Tuesday) and stay until Sunday; they are also expected to attend the SVA Board Meeting as well as the SVA Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony.

Compensation

SVA Film and Media Festival Director is a voluntary position and does not receive direct compensation for time or effort. The SVA Board will reimburse expenses directly related to film festival upon approval. Jurying travel and meal expenses are covered by the SVA. Film Festival co-directors’ attendance at the AAA annual meeting is required and reimbursed (up to $1500 total to be shared between the two co-directors).

For further information or to submit application by September 30th 2015 (please include letter of interest, detailing qualifications and current CV) email SVA President-Elect Stephanie Takaragawa : Stephanie.takaragawa@gmail.com

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June 15, 2015

Ethnographic Terminalia awarded the 2015 Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology

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Exciting news from the Council for Museum Anthropology!

ANNOUNCING THE 2015 MICHAEL M. AMES AWARD!!

We are pleased to announce that the Council for Museum Anthropology has awarded the 2015 Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology to Ethnographic Terminalia for their collective curatorial work since 2009 and the creative experimental approach that they have brought to their installations. Their work encourages intellectual and methodological exchanges between museum anthropology, visual anthropology, digital humanities, curatorial studies and contemporary art and holds tremendous potential as Ethnographic Terminalia continues to grow, produce exhibitions and publications, and partner with diverse venues.

Please join us at the CMA reception in Denver at the AAA meetings in November when we will present the award.

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June 15, 2015

Visual Anthropology Review 31(1) Spring 2015: “Leviathan and the Entangled Lives of Species”

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“Leviathan and the Entangled Lives of Species,” a special issue of Visual Anthropology Review, is out now. Read critiques and commentary by prominent anthropologists and visual scholars—including Christopher Pinney, Catherine Russell, and Eduardo Kohn—about Leviathan, the exciting and challenging piece of ethnographic cinema that is pushing visual representation into new terrain. Also, check out photo essays and experimental audio-visual materials by anthropologists like Amanda Concha-Holmes and Rodrigo F. Rentería-Valencia, that explore the utility of visual ethnography for investigating the entanglement of human lives with birds, fish, monkeys, and other species. This special issue interrogates the role of visual anthropology in re-thinking our understandings of human/non-human relations. It is available on AnthroSource and through Wiley-Blackwell.

 

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April 22, 2015

CALL FOR PRESCREENERS — 2015 Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival

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Dear colleagues,

The Society For Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival (SVAFMF) is looking for pre-screeners to preview this year’s film submissions and provide the festival jury with feedback that we will use to make programing decisions. This is an exciting opportunity for you to have a sneak peak at some of this year’s submissions and to participate in programming for the festival. Being a pre-screener entails watching one or more feature length submissions online (from the comfort of your home or office), and providing us with a descriptive feedback on each film assigned to you (using our standard questionnaire). As a pre-screener you will be thanked by name in our festival program and (if you want) you will also be given the opportunity to chair a film program of your choice. All pre-screener evaluations are due by Friday, MAY 22rd 2015. The criteria to be a pre-screener includes:

– Pre-screeners must be active members of AAA

– Pre-screeners must keep all entries and evaluations confidential

– Pre-screeners must not have an film entry in this year’s festival

– Pre-screeners must commit to viewing and evaluating their assigned films by the May 22rd deadline (or give us an advance notice if they are unable to fulfill their assignments)

To sign up to be a pre-screener for this year’s festival, simply send an email with SUBJECT: “Pre-screener sign up,” and the following information in the BODY of the email: your full name, institutional affiliation, and the number of film you are interested in pre-screening to uberg@rci.rutgers.edu

Please circulate, and please reply ASAP!

Thank you,

Ulla D. Berg
Co-Director,
2015 SVA Film and Media Festival

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April 20, 2015

Call for the 2015 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival

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Calling All Filmmakers!

The 2015 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival is coming on 2-6 October 2015, to be held at the Wonderful Theatre in Taipei.

Entry submission deadline: 20 May 2015

TIEFF is organized by the Taiwan Association of Visual Ethnography (TAVE), a non-profit organization dedicated to greater public awareness of documentary and ethnographic films.

The central theme of the biennial’s 8th season, “Scenes of Life,” invites audiences to participate in a multicultural investigation of the human experience as told through diverse life stories.

We’re looking to screen films in the following categories:

A) Central Theme: Scenes of Life
Ethnographic films, produced at any time, which tell unique life stories that reveal our shared human experience.

B) New Vision:
Ethnographic films on any subject, completed between 2013 and 2015.

Please send us entries now, or recommend films that you feel the program shouldn’t miss!

Entry form, regulations, and festival info at
http://www.tieff.sinica.edu.tw

Inquiry – Please contact TIEFF at
tieff@gate.sinica.edu.tw

HU, Tai-Li, Festival President
Lin, Wenlin, Vice President
Tsai, Futuru C.L., Festival Director

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April 20, 2015

Call for Co-Editor of “Visual Anthropology Review”

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The Society for Visual Anthropology invites applications for the co-editorship of its journal, “Visual Anthropology Review” (VAR). One of the current co-editors will finish his service to VAR in December of 2015 and SVA seeks an individual to transition into the position of a new co-editor during the Fall 2015 semester.  The typical period for a co-editorship is three years.
If you are interested in applying for the position, please email a letter of intent and a CV to current co-editors Brent Luvaas (luvaas@drexel.edu<mailto:Luvaas@drexel.edu>) and Mark Westmoreland (mark.westmoreland@ims.su.se <mailto:mark.westmoreland@ims.su.se>). Please also direct any questions about the position to Brent Luvaas and Mark Westmoreland.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning May 1, 2015.

Details about the Position and the Journal

Qualifications of the Co-Editor:

1. A PhD in Anthropology and a background of teaching, research and publishing in fields related to visual anthropology.

2. Proven organizational and editorial skills.

VAR is a biannual academic, peer-reviewed journal that publishes 12-15 articles per year.  The co-editors are assisted by the journal’s film review editor and book review editor, who manage the publication of 15-20 book and film reviews per year.

The Responsibilities of the Co-Editor:

1. Edit the journal under the protocols established by Wiley-Blackwell and the American Anthropological Association.

2. Work with Wiley-Blackwell to maintain the established workflow, to meet the deadlines and copy requirements for two issues per year.

3. Solicit articles and suggest ideas for special issues or articles.

4. Receive articles and manage them through the review process. This involves maintaining records on each submitted article; engaging two reviewers for a “double-blind” peer review for each article; reading the submitted articles and the peer reviews and contacting the authors as to the final decision.

VAR is published by the American Anthropological Association and promotes the discussion of visual studies, broadly conceived. Visual studies include visual aspects of human behavior and the use of visual media in anthropological research, representation, and teaching. We welcome articles, photo-essays, reviews, and commentary on the use of multimedia, still photography, film, video, and non-camera-generated images, as well as on visual ideologies, indigenous media, applied visual anthropology, art, dance, gesture, sign language, human movement, museology, architecture, and material culture.

The journal has produced special issues on topics such as “Ethnographic Filmmaking in China,” “Engaging Visual Anthropology in the Entangled Lives of Species,” “Visual Representations of Aboriginal Australia,” “HIV/AIDS Education and Southern Africa,” and “Visual Latin America.” VAR has an international readership. It publishes work by scholars and artists, academics, and practitioners throughout the world. VAR welcomes work from all subfields of anthropology, as well as multidisciplinary work in the fine arts, and in the sciences and liberal arts.

Brent Luvaas
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Co-Editor of Visual Anthropology Review
Department of Anthropology
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 571-3660

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March 8, 2015

2015 AAA ANNUAL MEETING: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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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 isFamiliar 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 Falls (sfalls@scad.edu) & Fiona P. McDonald (fionamcdonald5@yahoo.ca).

 

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: the online application system is currently open) 

Section Invited Sessions (Due April 15) 

Volunteered Sessions (Due April 15)

Other

Individually Volunteered Papers &Posters

Retrospective Sessions

Public Policy Forums

Media Submissions

Special Events

Installations

Section Invited & Volunteered Roundtables

Visit here for a description of each submission type:

http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/presenters/ProposalSubmissionTypes.cfm

 

Most popular SVA submissions categories:

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 SubmissionsDue 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 online through 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

Contact SVA 2015 Directors:

Ulla Berg (uberg@rci.rutgers.edu)

                 Naomi Schiller (NSchiller@brooklyn.cuny.edu)

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).

https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=10082

 

SVA Visual Research Conference SubmissionsDue April 1, 2015 online via the SVA Website: www.societyforvisualanthropology.org

Contacts: Tom Blakely (tdblakely@aol.com and copy to tdb5@psu.edu)

                  Andrea Heckman (andreaheckman@earthlink.net)

                  Jerome Crowder (jecrowde@utmb.edu)

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).

Check the SVA website for deadline updates

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February 12, 2015

John Collier Jr. Award

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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.

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