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July 31, 2009

UNESCO Honors the John Marshall Ju/’hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection, 1950-2000

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Photo Courtesy of Documentary Educational Resources

Photo Courtesy of Documentary Educational Resources

Documentary Educational Resources, in conjunction with The Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution is pleased to announce that the John Marshall Ju/’hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection, 1950-2000 has been recognized for its exceptional value as part of world documentary heritage and has been added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

The John Marshall Ju/’hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection, held at the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Studies Film Archives, is one of the seminal visual anthropology projects of the 20th century providing a unique example of sustained audiovisual documentation of one cultural group, the Ju/’hoansi, of the Kalahari Desert in northeastern Namibia, over half a century.  It is an unparalleled historical record not only of an indigenous people’s traditional way of life and ties to the land but of the transformation of their life in the rapidly changing political and economic landscape that developed in concert with the struggle for Namibian independence.  The collection is only the fourth documentary property held in a United States archive or library to be added to the Memory of the World Register.
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July 27, 2009

Remembering Edward T. Hall

July 27, 2009 | By |

Edward T. (Ned) Hall died on July 20th, in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of 95.  Hall’s pioneering  study of the use of space (Proxemics) and other aspects of nonverbal communication is foundational to the field of Visual Anthropology.  A memorial service will be held in Santa Fe on the evening of August 17th.

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July 6, 2009

New Textbook: “Viewpoints – Visual Anthropologists at Work”

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What: a new visual anthropology textbook for undergraduate teachers and students. Now out in hard cover, and soon to be published in paper. Fifteen chapter contributors verbally and visually discuss their field research.

Where
: Please see web site: http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/strvie.html

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May 31, 2009

Visual Anthropology Review Vol. 25 Issue 1 (Spring 2009)

May 31, 2009 | By |

Current Issue: Volume 25 Issue 1 (Spring 2009)
For complete listing of VAR 25 (1) contents click here.


Articles

Trafficking in Tobacco Farm Culture: Tobacco Companies’ Use of Video Imagery to Undermine Health Policy (p 1-24)
MARTIN G. OTAÑEZ, STANTON A. GLANTZ

Rural Woman and Modernity in Globalizing China: Seeing Jia Zhangke’s The World (p 25-39) ARIANNE GAETANO

The Marigold Trail: A Study of Robert Gardner’s Forest of Bliss (1985) (p 40-48)
SURYANANDINI SINHA

Photographic Evidence for Southern Plains Armor (p 49-65)
DANIEL J. GELO, LAWRENCE T. JONES III
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March 15, 2009

2009 VISUAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE: Call for Submissions

March 15, 2009 | By |

Jeni Wolowic presenting at VRC 2008. Photo J. Crowder.

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.

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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.


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February 21, 2009

Peter Biella Wins First Place in AAA Photo Contest

February 21, 2009 | By |

Congratulations to Peter Biella, Director of the Program in Visual Anthropology at San Francisco State University, and Past-President of the Society for Visual Anthropology, for winning First Place in the American Anthropological Association 2008 Photo Contest.

The winning image is at http://online.sfsu.edu/~biella/mamatoreto.html

Details on the contest can be found at
http://www.aaanet.org/issues/anthronews/photocontest.cfm

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February 1, 2009

EXPOSED: A Design Research Exchange- Call for Participation

February 1, 2009 | By |

When: March 6th-7th
Where: Tempe, Arizona
Conference website: http://exposed09.com

Description: What mysteries lie beneath the surface of Design Research practice? What catalyzing forces will shift future paradigms of Design Research? Exposed: a Design Research Exchange will be an event dedicated to exploring these questions through a highly interactive agenda including workshops, panels, invited guests, and participant-generated content. Seasoned professionals to aspiring students are invited to join in this exploration of the current state and future of design research while filling their toolboxes, making contacts, and traversing disciplinary boundaries.

For information contact:

Chris Urbina Meierling
MSD Candidate
College of Design
Arizona State University
c.meierling(at)gmail.com

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January 14, 2009

SVA Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008: Karl Heider

January 14, 2009 | By |

The Society for Visual Anthropology proudly gives its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008 to Professor Karl Heider. He holds a doctorate from Harvard University and is Carolina Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) at the University of South Carolina. Heider’s work encompasses broad areas as a researcher, filmmaker, teacher, and writer.

He has carried on extensive field study and filmmaking among the Dani of New Guinea as well as the Minang Kabav of West Sumatra. His current research interests include the cultural shaping of emotions. A book based on this research called The Wisdom of Rice: Emotion and Folk Psychology in West Sumatra is in preparation.

Heider’s many films include studies of aspects of Indonesian as well as specifically Dani expressive and material culture, technologies, and arts. Houses, batik, sweet potato farming, rice irrigation, shadow puppets, and dance are examples of his topics.

His work as a teacher comes to life in textbooks he has written for students and instructors, including Films for Anthropological Teaching, in its 8th edition with Carol Hermer, Ethnographic Film,in its 2nd edition and the innovative Seeing Anthropology, in its fourth edition with Pamela and Tom Blakely. He has taught an impressive list of more than sixty courses at noted centers of higher learning in the United States and overseas.

In addition to the volumes cited above, Prof. Heider co- authored Gardens of War. Life and Death in the New Guinea Stone Age with Robert Gardner, and wrote The Dani of West Irian: An Ethnographic Companion to the (Gardner’s) film Dead Birds. He also authored The Dugum Dani: A Papuan Culture of the Highlands of West New Guinea, the Grand Valley Dani, Landscapes of Emotion: Mapping Three Cultures of Emotion in Indonesia, and Indonesian Cinema as well as many other works.

The Society for Visual Anthropology is honored to give our award to a person of such accomplishments. He has served and will again serve as our president as well as a number of administrative and editorial positions within the American Anthropological Association as a whole, and who has been a constant source of support to workers in our field.

Mary Strong, SVA president

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November 11, 2008

SVA Festival 2009 Request for Media Submissions

November 11, 2008 | By |

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 chermer@pipeline.com.  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.

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