Show and Tell: Visual Ethnography for Understanding the World Around Us (ANT2211.01)

Steve Moog

In today’s globally connected world, visual depictions of culture are all around us. It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, but which thousand words? In this course, we critically engage with and produce visual representations of people through anthropological frameworks. Embracing the ‘multimodal’ turn in anthropology, students will produce small-scale visual ethnographic projects with community partners using various representational formats. This course requires no previous visual media experience; the course is not about the technical aspects of cameras or picture-making. Instead, students will learn how to produce and analyze visual material for its ethnographic value.

Learning Outcomes:
• The ability to construct and analyze visual representations for ethnography
• A nuanced understanding of social science research ethics and fieldwork practices
• Increased cross-cultural visual literacy

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Anthropology , Fully In-Person