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15-23 SEPTEMBER, 2012

Registrations for the Sardinia International Ethnographic Film
Festival (SIEFF 2012) have started! Entry Rules, Entry Form (to be
filled-in on line) and more information on the Festival will be found
at [6]


5th Festival of Visual Anthropology ASPEKTY


Festival of Visual Anthropology ASPEKTY in Poland is pleased to
announce submission for the 5th edition of festival.
Submissions are free and open for every documentary films from any
field of ethnographic, anthropological, analytical approach to
cultures and societies.
Festival has audience competition program.

Submitted films must have been completed after year 2008.

Entries Deadline: 1st July , 2012
Films Delivery Deadline: 31st July, 2012

5th Festival of Visual Anthropology ASPEKTY 2012 Toru?, 22nd - 25th
November 2012
Ethnographic Museum in Torun, Poland.

ASPEKTY is a yearly anthropological film festival, which aims in
exploring various areas of culture.

The principle of the festival is to discover and present various
relations, phenomena, interactions and mechanisms within cultures.

For more information and submission forms, rules please visit or contact us: festival (AT)



The Jerusalem Cinematheque in cooperation with the Dept. of
Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
Israel, is happy to announce the Second Anthropological Film Festival.
The Festival is inviting directors and distributors to send films
made between 2011 to 2012. The Festival is interested in films with
ethnographic orientation which deal with a variety of issues
concerning the complexity of the cultural, social and political life
of individuals and communities around the world.
The Festival will also be happy to receive films made in departments
for visual anthropology. The Festival aims to bring together
filmmakers, academics, students and producers, in an attempt to
promote discussions and debates amongst ethnographic film
practitioners and their many public.
Please send the screeners to the Jerusalem Cinematheque by June 1st,
2012 to:

Jerusalem Cinematheque - Israel Film Archive
c\o Films and Anthropology
P.O.B 8561
Jerusalem 91083

---Workshop and Courses

(Heidelberg, July 29-August 4, 2012) The Cluster of Excellence "Asia
and Europe in a Global Context" welcomes applications for its Summer
School "Seeing Matter(s): Materiality and Visuality" to take place at
the Karl Jaspers Centre from Sunday, July 29, to Saturday, August 4,
2012. This year's Summer School "Seeing Matter(s): Materiality and
Visuality" will explore the role of visual and material culture in the
context of transcultural exchange processes between Asia and Europe.
In highlighting the tensions between visual culture studies, art
historical approaches and recent material culture studies, the Summer
School will address questions such as: How can we move "beyond
representation" to take on images in all their tangibility and
material presence? Is "thing theory" a site for us to analyse the
confluence of materiality and visuality? How can we look at images and
objects differently when we approach them from transdisciplinary and
transcultural perspectives? In what ways do such perspectives
challenge concepts and methods of our own disciplines? Another aim of
our Summer School is to address the transgressing mobility of images
and objects as a key challenge for today's Humanities, by tying it to
current theoretical debates on this subject within various disciplines
and testing it in case studies derived from the participants' research
projects and regions. The programme is designed to provide stimulating
discussions and new inspiration for graduate and junior research work,
to exchange ideas and test methods from individual research projects
and to actively engage with an international group of peers and senior
scholars who share an interest in transcultural visuality and
materiality. Keynotes will be presented by Kenneth George
(Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Janice Bardsley
(Japanese Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
Invited speakers include Kajri Jain (South Asian Visual Culture,
University of Toronto Mississauga), Sumathi Ramaswamy (History, Duke
University), Kavita Singh (Art History, Jawaharlal Nehru University),
and Paola Zamperini (Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst
College). Contributions from Heidelberg University come from
Christiane Brosius (Visual and Media Anthropology), Monica Juneja
(Global Art History), Barbara Mittler (Chinese Studies), and Melanie
Trede (Japanese Art Histories). Applications are accepted until April
15, 2012. The application form and additional information on fees,
scholarships and the programme can be found at [7] The
Cluster's Summer School 2012 is organised by Christiane Brosius
(Heidelberg) together with Barbara Mittler (Heidelberg) and Sumathi
Ramaswamy (Duke), coordinators of project B4 "Transcultural
Visuality". Christiane Brosius holds the Chair of Visual and Media
Anthropology at the Cluster, Barbara Mittler is Speaker of Research
Area B "Public Spheres", Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor of History, is
one of the Key Partners of the Cluster. The Cluster of Excellence
"Asia and Europe in a Global Context" is an interdisciplinary network
of researchers at Heidelberg University. About 200 scholars examine
the processes of cultural exchange between Asia and Europe from a
global perspective. [8]




The journal of "Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and
Central Eurasia" (ACME) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal
edited by Brill and devoted to the anthropological studies of
societies and cultures in the Middle East and Central Eurasia. The
journal publishes original research articles written by scholars from
various fields of anthropology, sociology, folklore, religion,
material culture, minority groups, and other related social sciences,
which covers all areas of contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia
(Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China). ACME also publishes
review essays, reviews of books and multimedia products (including
music, films, and web sites) relevant to the main aims of the journal.

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