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SOAN 347: Visual Ethnography

possibly offered during May Term 2021

Click HERE to visit the course site for May 2019

This May Term seminar explores the use of visual media in ethnography.  The course includes in-class analysis of ethnographic photography and film, ethnographic field trips to local sites, digital lab work, and the completion of an ethnographic project using still photography.  Course topics will include:

  • Cultural differences in visual perception, especially variability in culturally standard ways of seeing
  • Photography as an ethnographic research tool
  • Photography as a means of ethnographic presentation, especially the shifting standards of what counts as ‘ethnography’ and the differences between ethnographic photography and photography used for other ends.
  • Practical experience documenting and presenting cultural scenes.



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