ANTH S-1725 Anthropology and Film

7-week session | CRN 32155

This course offers deep immersion into anthropological film and is recommended for all students interested in visual anthropology, documentary film, and new media. Its objectives are to provide a substantial understanding of the nature of anthropological film as a whole and the emergent new media as expressed in the social media of everyday life in a globalizing world, and to enable students to take part in a specific discourse related to social relationships articulated in filmic and new media texts. The course has a topical approach in a historical context; the theoretical overview is grounded in a perspective that applies concepts of culture to processes of visual communication. Examples of anthropological film are taken from the tradition of ethnographic filmmaking, indigenous film, dramatic fiction film, minority film, and new media. Classical works and the contribution of major ethnographic filmmakers are studied, alongside the work of indigenous filmmakers and emergent new media makers who move across traditional boundaries. Students have the opportunity to develop their personal film and media making skills as well as to explore how this course may prove useful for future career opportunities in making ethnographic films and new media texts at home and abroad.

Course information
Class meetings

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
53 Church Street 203

Start date

Tuesday, June 26


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Not Limited
  • Faculty

    Jayasinhji Jhala, PhD.

    Associate Professor of Anthropology, Temple University

    Registration opens March 1

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