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SIC offers a nine-month program to assist professional filmmakers, social scientists and artists in the realization of their personal project. The SIC involves a broad spectrum of theoretical perspectives and practical workshops so as to link formal and ethical questions during the production process as each creator develops their original, personal point of view. Informed by developments in cultural theory, social sciences, and the visual arts (Laura Marks, Arjun Appadurai, Jean Rouch, Trinh Minh-ha en Jonas Mekas) we question the relation between artist, subject and viewer.

The answer is not to eschew representation; rather, SIC proposes an ethical reflection on how ‘the other’ is presented in contemporary media: we believe this to be an urgency of the multicultural society we live in.

The SIC involves nine months of artistic coaching through collective seminars, individual advising, group critiques, and inter-artist dialogue. For additional perspectives, we host visiting artists and critics.

The Audiovisual Ethnography Pathway in Social Anthropology is a 2 year (4 semester) course designed for researchers interested in acquiring practical and conceptual skills in audiovisual methodologies within the context of Visual Anthropology and anthropologically informed discourses and practises of observation, representation, and perception.

Le Master 2 Cinéma anthropologique et documentaire s’adresse à des étudiants issus des sciences humaines (Anthropologie, Sociologie, Psychologie, Histoire, Géographie…) ou d’autres disciplines (Études cinématographiques, Études théâtrales, Lettres, Philosophie, Histoire de l’Art…) souhaitant s’initier à la recherche par la réalisation de films documentaires à base d’enquêtes de terrain.

Dans le cadre du cours intitulé « Audiovisuel » ou « Pratique du cinéma documentaire et anthropologique », un cours de réalisation de films anthropologiques est dispensé par une enseignante spécialisée en anthropologie visuelle aux étudiants L2, L3 et Master. Ce cours porte sur l’intérêt d’avoir recours à l’image dans le cadre d’une étude sociologique ou ethnologique.

The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Department of Political and Social Sciences) at the Freie Universität Berlin, is offering an innovative continuing education Master‘s (M.A.) program in Visual and Media Anthropology. The two-year, full-time Master’s program comprises 120 ECTS. The language of instruction is English. It is a web-based E-learning M.A. program with in-house workshops in blocks (2-3 weeks twice a year). Since its inception (winter semester 2008/2009), the program has a successfully high rate of applicants from countries all over the world. The program immatriculates between 20 and 30 students every year.

In terms of research and teaching focus, the department of Visual and Media Anthropology has a variety of foci, ranging from popular visual culture to film industries, curatorial strategies and contemporary art practices and markets, from urbanization processes to transnational migration (see the film portrait). Images and media have been mediators and sources of transcultural encounters and entanglements for a long time and across national borders, and play an increasingly important role in today’s globalised worlds.

Die Visuelle Anthropologie beschäftigt sich mit sowohl mit der Produktion als auch der Rezeption audiovisueller Repräsentationen. Entsprechend ist auch die Lehre am Institut in beide Richtungen konzipiert. In Praxis-Seminaren, die (ethnologische) Filmtheorie- und Analyse mit einem empirischen Feldforschungs- und Filmprozess verbinden, setzen sich die Studierenden intensiv mit Fragen der Ethik, Repräsentation und Rezeption sozialer Wirklichkeiten sowie mit den vielfältigen Potentialen audiovisueller Medien im ethnologischen Kontext auseinander.

The course “Ethnographic Cinema and Documentary” focuses on the establishment of a basic theoretical and methodological background on visual anthropology, visual ethnography and visual ethnomusicology in parallel with a practical framework of critical discourse analysis of various films, giving special attention to the ethnographic filmmaking of music culture.

The Department of Archaeology and Social Anthropology offers a two-year full-time Master‘s programme in Visual Cultural Studies (VCS). The aim of this programme is to teach students how to produce knowledge about people’s lives and cultures through an exploration of their everyday lives based on the use of qualitative social science research methods and ethnographic film. The programme combines lectures in academic theory and method, filmmaking and practical instruction in camerawork, sound recording and editing.

In the Department of Anthropology we teach to undergraduates „Visual Anthropology“ (compulsory course) and „Ethnographic Fim“ (option). We have an MA in Visual Cultures (department of Anthropology together with some disciplines froim the Sciences of Communication Department, Cinema Studies). Students can do visual work as their Master Thesis (ethnographic films, photographic essay, work with visual materials made by others)

At Leiden University Visual Ethnography is taught in relation to the Anthropology of the Media, and is an important focus of research. Ethnographic filmmaking involves a specific research method, and results in the creation of audiovisual narratives. In addition to film practice, we want to understand ethnographic film as a specific media genre.

The third year undergraduate Visual Anthropology Theory course prepares students for the more practical photographic or video project in the following term. The MA in Visual Anthropology teaches practical media skills at the same time at integrating social and visual anthropology. Visual options can be taken by students taking other MA courses.

In the first term the core course will introduce students to recent ethnographic writing on visual, material and digital culture, explore the contribution of key thinkers in the field and engage a number of key theoretical paradigms. The second term students will be presented with a wide range of case studies highlighting material culture in the wider world – ranging from art, through photography, clothing, consumption, cultural memory, monuments and the built environment with a view to exploring how these might be illuminated from a material culture perspective.

The Centre of Visual Anthropology is part of the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths and its emergence reflects various research themes in the Department as well as postgraduate programmes involving photography, filmmaking, museum studies and anthropology. The Centre provides a strong focus for current departmental research initiatives in visual theory and practice.