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240025 VO Visual Anthropology (3.2.6) (2020S)


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

Donnerstag 05.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Donnerstag 19.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Montag 23.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Donnerstag 02.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Donnerstag 23.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Donnerstag 07.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Donnerstag 14.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Donnerstag 28.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Donnerstag 04.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Donnerstag 18.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Donnerstag 25.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock


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 a case in point. Students will learn about these changing ideas and practices by studying relevant literature, films, and multimedia projects that will be discussed in class, in order to arrive at an in-depth understanding of the field and 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 recurrent 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;
• 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.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

There will be a final exam for this class worth 100% of the final grade. This exam will include 25 multiple choice questions (overall 25 points) and three open-ended essay questions (remaining 75 points), based on the assigned study materials. Students are allowed to bring these materials to the exam in any form (digital or paper).

A maximum of 10 bonus points can be credited upon successful completion of a multimodal mid-term assignment that reflects on students’ participation in the Ethnocineca Film Festival and the Vienna Node of the Distribute 2020 Conference, which will take place between 7 and 13 May.

CORONA-19 Update:

The exam consists of a written part and an oral part. The 3 questions (1 written, 2 oral) will be available for students at 16.45. Students first submit the answer to the written part (17.30) and then the oral part (18.45).

Written part:

1 written question, 5 points
Answer in max 500 words
Exam time = 45 minutes (30 minutes writing, 15 minutes for down- and upload of the word doc)

Oral part to be submitted on video:

2 oral questions, 2x 5 points, A video fragment will be provided alongside the question.
Answer in 2x2 minutes
Exam time = 1 hour 15 minutes (45 minutes for creating the presentations, 30 minutes for the video uploads)

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%


Readings, films, and multimedia projects will be studied weekly in advance of the class. Links will be made available on Moodle.


The readings for this course are interlinked with audio-visual materials that should be studied jointly, in advance of each class. 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:
Selected conference presentations of the Distribute 2020 conference.

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.andMarrero-Guillamón, I. 2019. Introduction: Multimodal Anthropology and the Politics of Invention.American Anthropologist 121 (1): 220-228.
- Audiovisual:
Meyknecht, S., D. Nijland and J. Verhey. 1998. Rouch’s Gang. Documentary Educational Resources (DER). 70".

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Di 26.01.2021 12:09