Media anthropology today: Seeing, hearing, understanding?

Media anthropology examines how people relate to media, how media produce and reproduce reality and how they are embedded within economic and political contexts. How does technological change shape and transform media landscapes? What is so specific about media communication and its aesthetic expression? These questions show that media anthropology cannot be reduced to the tradition of ethnographic film or visual anthropology alone. Visual anthropology has become one among other fields of interest in media anthropology. New topics arise, like the study of communication with and through social media or their use as interactive tools in research and teaching. Last but not least, audiovisual media are now indispensable for communicating

anthropological work to a wider public, particularly in settings of transnational dialogue. The number of universities and colleges offering postgraduate programmes in media anthropology or visual studies is growing.  It has also become an accepted practice for students to submit academic work in the form of film, photographic documents and exhibition.

For this dossier of Tsantsa we invite contributions from academic as well as from applied research relevant for media anthropology today:

– In what thematic fields and for what epistemic and social purposes are cameras and other media being used? How is data edited, analysed, presented and discussed?

– What can be learned from the use of pictures, photos, films, sound features, or social media in research and learning processes?

– What is the significance of audiovisual research in the history of social and cultural anthropology?

– How are the political and economic interests of media industries reflected in media anthropology?

– How does media anthropology focus upon social and political movements?

Abstracts: 2000 characters with spaces. Please, complete your abstract with

For author’s guidelines, please visit (heading “Dossier”):a short bio including your discipline and professional position. Deadline: 1st February 2012 Please send your abstract to Heinz Nigg:

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