Culture & Media I: Hist & Theory of Ethno Film

SAME AS CINE-GT 1402.

OPEN TO DEPARTMENT MAJORS & CINEMA STUDIES STUDENTS ONLY. ALL OTHER STUDENTS REQUIRE PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR. MEETS AT 25 WAVERLY PL., KRISER ROOM.

This course offers a critical revision of the history of the genre of ethnographic film, the central debates it has engaged around cross-cultural representation, and the theoretical and cinematic responses to questions of the screen representation of culture, from the early romantic constructions of Robert Flaherty to current work in film, television, and video on the part of indigenous people throughout the world. Ethnographic film has a peculiar and highly contested status within anthropology, cinema studies, and documentary practice. This seminar situates ethnographic film within the wider project of the representation of cultural lives, and especially of ?natives.? Starting with what are regarded as the first examples of the genre, the course examines how these emerged in a particular intellectual context and political economy. It then considers the key works that have defined the genre, and the epistemological and formal innovations associated with them, addressing questions concerning social theory, documentary, as well as the institutional structures through which they are funded, distributed, and seen by various audiences. Throughout, the course keeps in mind the properties of film as a signifying practice, its status as a form of anthropological knowledge, and the ethical and political concerns raised by cross-cultural representation.

Course Information

ANTH-GA1215

Graduate

4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

1
Faye Ginsburg
T: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 25WV KRIS
1
Natasha Suresh Raheja
T: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 25WV KRIS