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H-SAE: Summer School “Seeing Matter(s): Materiality and Visuality” (Heidelberg, July 29-August 4, 2012)

H-SAE: Summer School “Seeing Matter(s): Materiality and Visuality” (Heidelberg, July 29-August 4, 2012)

The way images and objects spread across geographical and cultural
boundaries is the subject of a summer school organised by Heidelberg
University’s Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”
in late July. Advanced students and doctoral candidates from the
humanities and social sciences will be given the opportunity to discuss
topical research issues in this field with academics from Germany, Canada,
India, and the United States. The deadline for applications to participate
in the school is 15 April 2012.

The summer school is entitled “Seeing Matter(s): Visuality and
Materiality” and will take place from 29 July to 4 August 2012 in
Heidelberg, Germany. The programme encompasses lectures, seminars and
workshops. In terms of content, the emphasis is on the role and impact of
visual and material culture. Among the topics addressed at the school are
the formation of material worlds, the portrayal of intimacy and the
exposition of images and objects in exhibitions and performances.

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

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”.

For more information on application procedures and the programme, go to

We would appreciate it if you forwarded this information to your
colleagues and interested students and thank you for your support.

With best wishes
Dr. Alexander Haentzschel, Press Officer

Documentary and Anthropological Filmmaking, SUN summer course, July 4-22, Budapest

Documentary and Anthropological Filmmaking
4 July – 22 July, 2011

Application deadline: 15 February, 2011


“We live in a world of moving images and to communicate our ideas we need to be as fluent in the use of sound and imagery as in the printed or the spoken word”.
(Michael Yorke)

Course Directors: Vlad Naumescu, CEU, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Budapest, Hungary
Michael Yorke, University College London, Department of Anthropology, UK

Core Faculty: Ben Pollard, InSight – Center for theory and practice of film
Michael Stewart, University College London, Department of Anthropology, UK

Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in anthropological filmmaking in the academia. The visual has become a primary tool for teaching, documenting, analyzing social phenomena but also communicating and engaging with broader audiences. This course enables researchers to use film more consciously and creatively in order to gain a new perspective in their approach to the world and learn to convey their ideas in a new language.

The course provides a state-of-the-art training for social scientists interested in filmmaking. It focuses on cross-cultural ethnographically informed filmmaking, combining an intensive three weeks training in practical filmmaking with discussions on history, genres, ethics and theories of visuality. Taught by academics and film professionals with expertise in visual anthropology and ethnographic filmmaking, the course combines a practical, hands-on camera training with a series of theoretical sessions and masterclasses.

Target Audience
Applications are invited from graduate students, young researchers and junior faculty in anthropology/sociology and connected fields interested in using film in their research and teaching. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

More information on the course


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