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March 14, 2015

2015 Visual Research Conference

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The Visual Research Conference — held annually at the beginning of the American Anthropological Association meeting — in 2015 will take place in Denver, Colorado, November 16-18, with a no-host informal dinner on Monday evening at 7pm, and presentations and discussions all day Tuesday and until 3pm on Wednesday. The Visual Research Conference provides an opportunity for professionals and students to dialogue about visually interesting works-in-progress. 45 minute time slots allow for substantive presentations that include viewing of visual material as well as ample give-and-take with an actively participating audience. Informal discussion times in between the interactive formal presentations, plus conversations at lunch and dinner, create multiple situations for networking and exchange of ideas. Members and non-members are welcome and there is no charge to attend. This is a productive way to meet and interact with others who do anthropological and anthropologically-related research on visual signification, visual communication, and visual forms of representation.

Abstracts of approximately 250-500 words can be submitted through 11:59pm, Hawai’i Time, April 1, 2015 by clicking on the Visual Research Conference submission form link at

PLEASE NOTE: this Visual Research Conference submission deadline on April 1 is EARLIER than the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting submission deadline on April 15, so that the Visual Research Conference organizing committee has time to carefully review the submissions and invite the 2015 presenters.

Aynur Kadir


February 4, 2015


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Festival Submissions open February 1st, 2015

Deadline April 1st, 2015

2015 Festival Co-Directors:

Ulla D. Berg (

Naomi Schiller (

2015 Festival Jury:

Ulla D. Berg
Jenny Chio
Sarah Elder
Karen Nakamura
Naomi Schiller

The SVA Film Festival invites the submission of ultra short, short, andfull-length ethnographic films. Awards will be given to the best works ina number of categories,including best undergraduate and graduate student films.

The late submission deadline is April 1st, 2015, with early-bird discounts forsubmissions sent before March 1,2015. Complete details (includinginformation on where to send your previews) are forthcoming.



February 1, 2013

American Anthropological Association Meetings 2013

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The SVA welcomes paper and poster session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting iChicago (November 20-24, 2013). The theme for the meeting is “Future Publics, Current Engagements,” which provides a richcontext for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of visual anthropology. Lastyear, SVsponsored sessions explored such diverse topics as public art, visual ethics, photography of the unsettling, sensinculture, visualizing history, aesthetic production, digitastorytelling and visualizing the technological disjoint in communities.


For the 2013 AnnuaMeeting, the SVA programming committee consists of:


Jennifer Wolowic (

Fiona P. McDonald (

Both Jennifer and Fiona are more than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, or roundtable sessions. We’rehappy to assist session organizers with the structuring of their proposals. The SVA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessionsextended screening of visual materials, and fostering more dynamic discussion periods.


Here is a breakdown of upcoming deadlines and the appropriate contacts for each.


Paper/Poster/Roundtable Sessions – submit through the AAA website

SVA Section Invited Session Proposals due March 15, 2013 online

All Invited Session Proposals (paper or poster sessionsmust 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. Decisions will be announced in early April.


SVA Sponsored Session Proposals – due April 15, 2013 online

Alsponsored session proposalmust be submitted online bApri15, 2013. This includes all papeand poster sessions,roundtable proposals, and individual paper/poster submissions. Submissions must include a 500-word abstract, as well as individual abstracts for each participant (as necessary). Participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, and fees.


Installations due April 15, 2013 online through the AAA programming committee

Installations (a remix and rebirth of “InnoVents” and “Salons” introduced to the AAA Annual Meetings program in recent years) 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. Installations are meant to disrupt who and what we tend to see at the Annual Meetings, helping attendees encounter new people and to do different kinds of things at the intersections of anthropological arts, sciences, and cultural expression.


If you have an idea for an Installation you would like to offer that might be on interest to the SVA, please contactJennifer and Fiona ASAP to discuss the possibilities!

SVA Film, Video, and Interactive Media Festival Submissions April 15, 2013

Contact: Harjant Gill (

Karen Nakamura (

Jenny Chio (

The SVA Film, Video, and Interactive Media Festival encourage the submission of short work(under 15 minutes), full-lengtethnographic films, and interactive media. Awards will be given to the best workin a number of categories,including student films and short films. The submission deadline is April 15, 2013, with early-bird discounts for submissions sent before March 1, 2013. Festival Submissions open February 1, 2013. Please check the SVA website for complete details (including information on where to send your previews).

Submit films via (WAB):


SVA Visual Research Conference Submissions -March 2013 (due date TBA)

Contacts: Tom Blakely ( and copy

Andrea Heckman (

Jerome Crowder (


The SVA Visual Research Conference provides a collegial environment for the presentation of works-in-progress, as well as research findings. Sessions are allotted approximately forty-five minutes for several scheduled presentationand discussions, thus facilitating real engagement between the audience and the researcher(s). The Visual Research Conference will take place November 17 19, 2013.


Check the SVA website for updates regarding the SVA Film, Video, and Interactive Media FestivalSubmissions and SVA Visual Research Conference Submissions



November 3, 2012

2012 John Collier Jr. Award

November 3, 2012 | By |

Moving Images: John Layard, fieldwork and photography on Malakula since 1914
by Haidy Geismar and Anita Herle (2010: University of Hawaii Press)

Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from The Wind River Reservation by Sara Wiles
(2011: University of Oklahoma Press)

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