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240018 VO Visual Anthropology (3.2.6) (2021S)


The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


Sprache: Englisch



Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

The course will be digital.

Dienstag 02.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 09.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 16.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 23.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 13.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 20.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 27.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 04.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 11.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 18.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 01.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 08.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 15.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Dienstag 22.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This lecture series offers an introduction to Visual Anthropology. Visual Anthropology is a subfield of anthropology that does not only study visual culture but also integrates practices of visual media production (especially filmmaking) within anthropological research and reporting. Despite its consolidation as a subdiscipline with its own institutions and discussion forums, Visual Anthropology has always remained a highly dynamic field, and its practitioners have formulated varied and sometimes opposing interpretations of what visual anthropology is or should be. The recent renaming of the subdiscipline as ‘Multimodal Anthropology’ is an example of this. Students will learn about these different ideas and practices by studying relevant literature, films, and multimedia projects that will be discussed in the lectures. Students will arrive at an in-depth understanding of the field in order to eventually formulate interpretations of their own.

The following topics will be discussed:
• Visual Anthropology and Multimodal Anthropology
• Camera-based ethnography
• Montage and theory construction
• Shared anthropology, reflexivity, and (non)representation
• Distribution and reception

Learning goals:
At the end of the course, students
• have substantiated knowledge about key ideas and practices in the field of visual anthropology, and are familiar with key debates in the field;
• understand how visual anthropology approaches have responded to changing technological and social-political conditions as well as shifting theoretical frameworks in the broader discipline of anthropology;
• can explain, based on comparative viewings of anthropological films, how different films reflect different theoretical and methodological approaches;
• feel challenged to start formulating their own view on the role of (audio)visual media practices in anthropological research, and to envision implementing such practices in the future.

Digital learning:
Each week, students study a film or other visual work alongside literature. In the accompanying video lectures, the lecturer highlights key ideas and backgrounds to deepen students' understanding of the literature and media works.
Lectures are recorded on video and posted on Moodle. Discussions and interactive parts of the sessions will not be recorded.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

There will be an online final exam for this class worth 100% of the final grade. This exam will include three open-ended questions based on the assigned study materials. One question will be answered in written form, two questions will be answered in oral form through a short video lecture by the student.

A practical mid-term assignment, resulting in a multi-modal outcome, can generate a bonus point.

During the online exam, students allowed to use all the examination materials (films, literature and lectures) available on Moodle. For a successful examination, students should have seen all films and studied all readings prior to the exam.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

A = 1 (Very Good): 87 - 100%
B = 2 (Good): 75 - 86,99%
C = 3 (Satisfactory): 63 - 74,99%
D = 4 (Enough): 50 - 62,99%
F = 5 (Not Enough): 00 - 49,99%


Lectures, audio-visual materials, and compulsory readings will be studied weekly. Links will be made available on Moodle.


The readings for this course are interlinked with audio-visual materials and video lectures that should be studied jointly. The short list below is included to give an indication of how audiovisual and textual resources constitute interlinked study materials; a complete list for all classes will be distributed during the first class.

Visual Anthropology and Multimodal Anthropology
+ Readings:
Banks, M. and J. Ruby. 2005. Selected sections of the book Made To Be Seen: Perspectives on the History of Visual Anthropology. London: University of Chicago Press.
Collins, S. G., M. Durington, and H. Gill. 2017. Multimodality: An Invitation. American Anthropologist 119 (1): 142-153.
+ Audiovisual:
Conference presentation of the Displacement 2018 conference, viewing time 20 minutes.

Shared anthropology, reflexivity, and (non)representation
+ Readings:
De Groof, M. 2013. Rouch’s Reflexive Turn: Indigenous Film as the Outcome of Reflexivity in Ethnographic Film. Visual Anthropology 26 (2): 109-131.
Dattatreyan, E. G. and Marrero-Guillamón, I. 2019. Introduction: Multimodal Anthropology and the Politics of Invention. American Anthropologist 121 (1): 220-228.
Meyknecht, S., D. Nijland and J. Verhey. 1998. Rouch’s Gang. Documentary Educational Resources (DER). Film of 70 minutes.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Do 16.09.2021 15:08