ANTHRO 252 and Film Studies xxx :
Introduction to Visual Anthropology

Professor: Karen Nakamura



Last offered: -
Next offered: Fall 2012

Course Description

This is an introductory course on visual anthropology and ethnographic film.

Visual anthropology is premised on the belief that other cultures can be understood and represented through the visual symbols that they use, based on an analysis derived from long term participant/observation of the community. Photographs and films of other cultures have a seemingly objective explanatory power that masks the subjectivity implicit in their making. We will analyze the history, philosophy, ethics, production and consumption of ethnographic film and photoethnography within both the academic field of anthropology as well as broader popular culture.

Prerequisites and Requirements

No course prerequisites. Class limited to 30 students.

Anthropology and Film Studies majors have preference, however undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome pending the enrollment limit.

Textbooks and Course Readings

The required textbooks will be available at the Yale Bookstore. Course readings in the forms of articles will be distributed in class and also available through the ClassesV2 system.





Useful Links

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How to Guides

Library Resources

  • HADDON, the online catalogue of archival ethnographic films
  • Wilder Research Center

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