New Observations

New Observations

New Observations is a series of visual anthropology events curated by NMS and STAR at the 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film. These events invite a broad audience to engage with current debates and practices in visual anthropology through interactive presentations, debates and screenings. We showcase different visual practices and explore how the artifacts produced serve as empirical evidence and as vehicles of expression on the part of the ethnographer or filmmaker. All participants engage creatively with the challenge of identifying and using the properties of visual, aural and object-based media as modes of co-presentation, so as to construct new forms of ethnographic knowledge

All New Observations events are accessible to Festival pass holders.


Seeing the Wood Through the Trees: Doing Art and Anthropology in the Forest.

Thursday 13th June 14:00-16:00 with Amanda Thomson, Jennifer Clarke, Jo Vergunst and Tim Ingold.

Exploring Reverie.

Friday 14th June 10:00-12:00 with Amanda Ravetz.

Animated Ethnography: Embroidered Kutch Migration Narratives.

Friday 14th June 14:00-16:00 with Nina Sabnani.

Kony 2012: Reopening Old Wounds...

Friday 14th June 14:00-16:00 with Betty Okot

Shaarbek Amankul - Kyrgyz Video Art

Saturday 15th June 09:00-11:00 with Steohanie Bunn.

The Art of Reduction: Anthropological Filmmaking for Museum Exhibitions.

Saturday 15th June 11:00-13:00 with Sitar Rose and Henrietta Lidchi.

United Red Army (The Young Man Was pt.1)

Saturday 15th June 14:00-16:00 with Naeem Mohaiemen.

The Untrammeled Camera: A Topos of the Ethnographic Expedition Film.

Sunday 16th June 10:00-12:00 with Alison Griffiths.

Ghosts and Numbers.

Sunday 16th June 13:00-15:00 with Alan Klima.



Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

Our Sponsors

The Festival gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from:

UDDA NMS SSGS ED Unversity of Aberdeen StAndrews WILEY