Visual Anthropology

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New photos in Russia The Guardian

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Comment by Victoria Herranz on August 11, 2014 at 3:37pm

Can a government decide over the woman body? Protected Areas explores the reaction to the spanish government’s propose to modified to change the abortion law for part of women than see limited their rights. Also, with an analogy between the woman body and the public area, it’s proposes the metaphoric relation between both than struggle area for the politic and ideologic dominant powers in the actual spanish society.

“The fact that a bill on abortion is proposed in 2014 in Spain after certain vested rights on voluntary termination of pregnancy taken for granted makes us think that what is private is actually defined by what is public…. Turning back to such an important debate and call into question the vested rights on voluntary termination of pregnancy have a violent component to the extent that makes more precarious the existence of women, who obviously are affected, not only by the possible law, even by the debate itself.” 

Protected Areas is a work of the spanish authors Victoria Herranz (Madrid, 1983) photojournalist, Jose Mansilla (Sevilla, 1974) anthropologist and David Cordero (Murcia, 1979) filmmaker. 
In collaboration with doSIguALes Producciones
The production process is completed in May 2014.

Current exhibitions in anthropological and documental fields:

· Contested_Cities Film Festival · Leeds, UK · 2014

· Screenings DOCfield14 · Barcelona, Spain 2014
· International Seminar “Contra la reificación de tres conceptos clave en el pensamiento urbano: Espacio Público, Movimientos Sociales y conflicto urbano” · OACU and Universitat de Barcelona · Barcelona, Spain 2014

Comment by Christos Varvantakis on June 21, 2014 at 11:00am

* Call for Films *
Xenophobia and the Ethnographic Film

The Athens Ethnographic Film Festival/span>> is introducing a new themed-screenings section, which will be showcasing ethnographic films focused on particular social issues. This year's theme is "xenophobia". As we consider issues of racist violence, aggressive expressions of nationalism and social exclusion to be of pressing relevance for the Athenian society today, we have decided to launch the themed section of the festival with a selection of ethnographic films that deal with such issues.

We are inviting submissions for films made by/ in collaboration with anthropologists (or other social scientists), which deal with one or more of the following issues: xenophobia; racism; racist hatred/violence; (religious/ ethnic) intolerance; social exclusion; discrimination; nationalism; euro-centrism.

The deadline is for submissions is July 28th. Please circulate and contact us for any queries or suggestions at :>> (stating 'xenophobia section' in the subject)

Follow this link/span>> to find out more and submit your film, or see the attached call.

The curators,
Dafni Sofianopoulou and Christos Varvantakis

for the
Athens Ethnographic Film Festival>>>> href=">">>;

PLEASE NOTE: It is the intention of the festival organizers to invite as many filmmakers as possible in order to present and discuss their films with the audience, as well as to organize a workshop on the issue of Xenophobia/Racism and ethnographic film. These plans, however, are subject to the festival’s final budget restrictions.

Comment by Carlo Cubero on October 30, 2013 at 9:20am

Call for Laboratories

The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) is calling for proposals for the production of research-based creative works, with interactive and collaborative components, for its upcoming biennial conference in Tallinn, Estonia to be held from 31st July - 3rd August, 2014.

EASA2014 will provide spaces for producing and presenting ethnographic works that are not exclusively based on text-based conventions, but that are constituted through visual, acoustic, performative, and other forms of experience-based knowledge.

We are calling these spaces "Laboratories" in order to recall experimental practises and activities. The intention of these Laboratories is to explore methodological and epistemological possibilities of carrying out and presenting anthropological research using non-text based forms.

We are particularly looking for proposals with an interactive and collaborative component. Laboratories can be organised either as closed events (stating the names of the participants), or as invitations for individual submissions (which the respective Laboratory’s convener will be able to choose from among potential contributors).

For more information:

Comment by maria lopez on August 12, 2013 at 4:14pm


just completed a visual anthropology work. you can check it here:



Comment by Safet HadziMuhamedovic on August 2, 2013 at 5:48am

Check out my fieldwork photos of Bosnian seasonal rituals: 


Comment by Aparecida Maria de Souza Schmidt on May 9, 2013 at 8:57pm

Very important piece, congrat. 

Comment by Elizabeth Rodrigues da Costa on May 9, 2013 at 4:09pm
Comment by Michael Francis on February 18, 2013 at 9:05am

Thanks for sharing the article - I have handed out cameras is remote Kalahari communities on a number of occasions - but have accompanied this by long-term fieldwork and ongoing fieldwork since 2003 (many shorter visits instead of one really long one) and find that photos taken by the locals change over time - first they are images of what they think we wish to see, then they are portraits of family and friends (once they realise they get copies of all photos taken) as they build up their own collections of things they like to remember and then later some take on more abstract imagery such as landscapes, and attempts to capture memories etc.  It is rewarding, but only if it is done over a long time with multiple visits and time taken to allow the informants to comment on what they have taken. 

Comment by Sandra Oliveira on February 17, 2013 at 8:02pm
Comment by Joana Roque de Pinho on February 15, 2013 at 10:05pm

Hi Sheyma, for a critical look on that issue, you can try this article by Karen Nakamura: 

2008 A Case Against Giving Informants Cameras and Coming Back Weeks Later.
Knowledge Exchange. Anthropology News. Vol. 49, No. 2: 20. Washington, D.C.
American Anthropological Association.




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