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Spring 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 enhance ethnography by using documentary film to convey lived experiences and data visualization to reveal and make sense of large-scale complexities? To pursue this question, students learn basic methods of filmmaking and data visualization in a workshop setting. As they learn to sculpt video, audio, big data, and geo-spatial data into visible evidence, students compare how the materiality and modes of production of these media shape expressions of ethnographic knowledge. For final projects, students may work with material from their own independent research or begin a new research project.

Sample reading list:
David MacDougall, Transcultural Cinema, selected chapters
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. No prior experience in media or data software is necessary.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

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

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 3

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41079 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M        Enrolled:5 Limit:20