Alison Griffiths: The Untrammeled Camera: A Topos of the Ethnographic Expedition Film

Alison Griffiths - The Untrammeled Camera:  A Topos of the Ethnographic Expedition Film

10:00-12:00. Sunday 16th June. CMB Seminar Room 5



What exactly is an expedition film and what kind of interpretive logic should we use when analyzing it? How does it conform to or deviate from ethnographic or travelogue cinema, its two closest cousins? Using Norwegian ethnographer Carl Lumholtz’s little-known 1920 film ‘Borneo: In the Land of the Head Hunters’ as a case study, this lecture explores the expedition film’s informing contexts, historiography, and status as an intercultural record of encounters, movement through space, and looking.

This event is made possible by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.

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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.

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