Call for Papers: Visual Anthropology and The City

Via Barbara Knorpp, UCL Institute for Archaeology/Museum Studies

Photo: Paola Catrica
Photo: Paola Catrica

Photo: Paola Citric
Photo: Paola Catrica

Visual Anthropology and the City is a one-day-symposium at UCL, which brings together anthropologists, filmmakers, and artists and organised by the Institute of Archaeology, Department of Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY in collaboration with the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) on Friday 14th October 2016.
Urban anthropology has fascinated journalists, photographers and policy makers  with the emergence of the Chicago School since the 1920s.  Ethnography and long-term research facilitated deeper insights into the everyday lives of urban neighborhoods that were often associated with violence, crime and housing problems. Cinema and photography have also since their inception engaged with the urban, and their development is deeply entwined with that of the modern metropolis. We are interested in visual research that looks at modernity, subcultures, non-western cities, regeneration, urban elites, domestic space, social movements and urban architecture.  In this symposium we will discuss films, photography and writings on the subject from both academic and practitioners’ perspectives.  We encourage our speakers to divert from traditional presentations and include performance, moving images, photography, or the use of soundscapes for their papers.  The presentations will last 20 minutes including discussion.
Please send a presentation title, name, affiliation (or company) and up to 250 word abstract to Barbara Knorpp (Anthropologist, UCL) and Catarina Sartori (RAI Film Officer)  by Sunday 17th July 2016
Free event.  All Welcome!

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