This course approaches the visual as both object and medium of anthropology. In the first half of the semester, we will consider the foundational works that defined the genre of ethnographic film, the intellectual and political economic context that shaped these works, and the social theory that developed to address documentary realism, reflexivity, objectivity, and visual representations of culture. In the second half of the semester, we will turn to examine photography, collaboration, and interactive cinemascapes. We will explore how photography is locally appropriated, the possibilities and pitfalls of collaborative practice, how choices alter our active engagement of visual texts, and the ongoing conversations about the role of aesthetics in anthropological knowledge production.
(*With permission, Anthro 8408 or 8409 may be substituted with Anthro 5438: Anthropology of Mass Media, with permission, if and only if Anthro 8408 and Anthro 8409 are not being offered.)