Repost of Visual Ethn. Conference
LAWRENCE PRITCHARD (pritchar@UCSUB.COLORADO.EDU)
Sun, 2 Apr 1995 10:04:43 -0600
Well, I think I will try again. Sorry for all the confusing numbers and
characters in the first posting of this message.
For those of you who are interested in visual ethnography and who will be
in Boulder, Colorado next weekend (April 6-8), there is going to be a
symposium on visual ethnography at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
See below for schedule of talks and further information.
Committee for Ethnographic Research
University of Colorado at Boulder
Symposium on Visual Ethnography
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday April 6-8, 1995
Keynote Address: Thursday, April 6, 5 PM, Old Main Chapel
Journalism in Public Life: Between Words and Images
Professor James W. Carey
Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
Public reception following in the Old Main Heritage Center
Film Screening: Friday, April 7, 7:30 PM in Hale 230
Two ethnographic films introduced by Prof. Jay Ruby, Temple University.
"In and Out of Africa," and "Country Auction"
Invited Papers: Saturday, April 8, in Hale 230
8:30 AM Coffee & pastries
8:45 AM Welcome & Introduction
9:00 - 10:00 A Brief History of Visual Ethnography
Doug Harper (Sociology, University of
10:00 - 11:00 Re-reading National Geographic
Jane Collins (Sociology & Women
Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin)
11:00 - 12:00 Is a Pictorial Ethnography Possible?
Jay Ruby, (Anthropology, Temple University)
12:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch Break
2:00 - 3:00 Electric Eye in the Sky: Some Images of Surveillance
in Popular Culture Gary Marx, (Sociology,
Univ. of Colorado)
3:00 - 4:00 Semiotics of Gangs: Visual Communications
Dwight Conquergood, (Performance
Studies, Northwestern Univ.)
4:00 - 5:00 Roundtable Discussion, speakers & audience
Sponsors: School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Boulder
Communications Forum of the UCB Communications Initiative, Center for
Theory in the Humanities, Dept. of Sociology, Dept. of Communication,
College of Business, Department of Anthropology Colloquium Committee.
For information contact: Prof. Paul Shankman (492-6628) or Prof. Dennis
Symposium on Visual Ethnography:
Recent Directions in the Humanities & Social Sciences
This symposium, organized by the Committee for Ethnographic Research,
examines the current state of inter-disciplinary research on the visual
analysis of social institutions, the visual construction of social
identities, and the visual representation of cultural difference.
Historically, humanistic lines of enquiry (such as film studies) have
focused on cinema and art photography, while social scientific lines of
research (such as visual anthropology) have treated visual technology as
a documentary tool or as a medium of ethnographic teaching. Now, through
the mediation of new fields such as Cultural Studies, these separate
lines of research on the visualization of society, culture, and human
experience are engaged in an interesting conversation and debate. Some
of the most intriguing work now acutely problematizes the multiple levels
of significance in visual images, including ethnographic film,
documentary photography, popular TV and video, museum exhibits, and other
forms of visual production. Many of the debates over culture and
power are now joined in the visual realm as much as in the domain of the
printed word. In cultural studies, comparative literature, history,
communication, film studies, sociology, mass media, anthropology, the
fine arts, and other disciplines, there is acute awareness of the power
of the visual media to inform and shape our cultural vocabularies. Our
speakers will relay the current theoretical debates as well as give
us a glimpse of some exciting new visual research.