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Kate Hennessy


February 1, 2009

EXPOSED: A Design Research Exchange- Call for Participation

February 1, 2009 | By |

When: March 6th-7th
Where: Tempe, Arizona
Conference website:

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



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

Kate Hennessy


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  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 17, 2008

Tenure-track Position, Concordia University

October 17, 2008 | By |


Concordia University’s Department of Communication Studies invites
applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant
Professor in INTERMEDIA. The Department has recently launched
Intermedia as a fourth production stream in its highly selective
undergraduate program, to complement established offerings in Film,
Video, and Sound. This innovation has been broadly conceived to take
account of the massive changes wrought by “the computerization of
culture” in the arts, in professional practice, and in the academy.
Our adoption of the term ‘intermedia’ is intended to address a
confluence of media practices ? diverse, hybrid, liminal, analog and
digital ? that cannot be easily captured in any one, established
medium. The stream currently draws on the principles and practices of
graphic design and typography, motion graphics, stopmotion animation,
interactivity and database documentary. Read More

Kate Hennessy


October 8, 2008

WKU Cultural/Visual Anthropology Postion

October 8, 2008 | By |

Potter College of Arts & Letters


Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology
Assistant Professor, Anthropology

The Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor in Cultural/Visual Anthropology. This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure track position to begin August 15, 2009.

The successful applicant should have a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the time of appointment. Applicants must have an ongoing program of research and a commitment to undergraduate teaching, including multiple sections of introductory courses. Prior teaching experience and ability to teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Visual Anthropology, and Ethnographic Video Production required. Broad training in anthropology, ability to teach a wide variety of undergraduate courses and experience in educational technology desired. Read More

Kate Hennessy


September 11, 2008

AAA 2008: SVA Sessions and Events Accepted and Scheduled

September 11, 2008 | By |

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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August 13, 2008

Working Films Seeks Candidates For George Stoney Fellowships

August 13, 2008 | By | No Comments

Deadline March 31, 2008

Working Films is seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in the role of documentary filmmaking and new technology for the George Stoney Fellowship. Candidates will be assisted in conceptualization, writing and research on Working Films campaigns. Regular responsibilities include sitting in as colleagues in
all development meetings between filmmakers, activists and other Working Films staff, and traveling when necessary to rough-cut screenings and community organizing meetings.

The fellowship is expected to last 8-10 weeks in the Wilmington office, starting in May or June 2008. The Fellow will serve as part-time, temporary staff, earning $10-15 an hour.? For more information about the work of Working Films and how to apply, please see

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