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Fall 2018-2019
* ANT 455 (SA)   na, npdf

Visible Evidence: Documentary Film and Data Visualization

Jeffrey D. Himpele

In our mediated and datafied world, how can we use both documentary film and data visualization to create ethnographies that convey lived experience as well as reveal and make sense of large-scale complexities? To pursue this goal, students learn basic filmmaking and data visualization in a workshop setting. As they sculpt visible evidence such as fieldnotes, video, big data, and geo-spatial data into narratives, students consider how the material capacities and original social contexts of evidence shape filmic and graphic forms of knowledge expression. Students are encouraged to work on or design their own independent research projects.

Sample reading list:
David MacDougall, Transcultural Cinema, selected chapters
Sarah Pink, Classifying and Interpreting Photographic & Visual Materials
Roger Sanjek and Susan Tratner, eFieldnotes The Makings of Anthropology in the Digital World
Boellstorff, et al., Ethnography and Virtual Worlds
Lucien Taylor and Ilisa Barbash, Cross-Cultural Filmmaking
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings will be read by all participants, and discussions are led by rotating pairs of students. Hands-on assignments provide practice in each week's production activity. Brief blog posts made after each seminar are a space for further discussion and reflection. Final research paper or project.

Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Term Paper(s) - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Multimedia Student Project Required
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
One course in cultural anthropology or similar social science course..

Other information:
20% Other are short weekly blog posts for any 10 weeks.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 3

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23279 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:9 Limit:20