Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Visual Anthropology Links

One of  the things that continues to amaze me is how this VAOJ blog allows me to meet so many interesting people connected with visual anthropology. I have met fellow anthropologists, filmmakers, artists and have benefited from their own work and advice. And of course this blog project got me the visiting professor gig in Germany over the summer.

Lately I have been fortunate enough to have been contacted by two visual anthropologists who have very interesting blogs. I am happy to add them to the ever growing "Visual (and/or) Anthropology (and/or) Blog Related Links" section.  I am thrilled with this kind of networking and collaboration. Please check out their excellent work.

Visual Culture Blog

Self description: As he reached the finishing line of doing a PhD in Photography Studies at the University of Westminster in October 2010, photographer Marco Bohr began the Visual Culture Blog to vent some ideas that didn’t fit into his thesis. His research is concerned with a new generation of photographers emerging in parallel to an economic, political and social shift in Japan during the 1990s. Born and raised in Germany, studying photography in Canada, living in Japan, and continuing postgraduate studies in the UK, Marco hopes to bring an international perspective to the study of visual culture(s). His essay ‘Photography and Metaphors’ will appear in a Visual Culture Reader edited by James Elkins and published by Routlede in 2011. Marco is a guest lecturer in the Visual Sociology department at Goldsmiths, and the Photography departments at University of Westminster and University of Plymouth.



Self description: Wilton Martinez is a Peruvian visual anthropologist and producer based in Baltimore, Maryland. He holds an M.A. in visual anthropology and a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Southern California. Wilton currently teaches anthropology at the University of Maryland University College and is associate visiting professor with the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He also works as a visual anthropology consultant and producer in Peru, the U.S. and other countries.

Wilton has conducted research on the educational use and the reception of ethnographic films and published related articles in various countries. His award-winning productions have been created both independently and in collaboration with anthropologists, NGOs, indigenous organizations, and with various institutions and private organizations. Wilton is currently conducting research on the reception of YouTube videos of Andean music by transnational Peruvian migrant communities and the recreation of national identity by means of transnational dialogues. He is also planning, along with anthropologist Paul Gelles, the production of a new documentary, Transnational Fiesta: Twenty Years Later, a “sequel” to the original Transnational Fiesta: 1992.


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