ANT381H5F Special Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology (SSc)

This course is offered in the Fall 2020 term.

Topic Title: Visual Anthropology

Instructor: Andrew Gilbert

This course introduces students to visual anthropology and provides students with the methods to analyze culturally specific visual material and to use images to effectively communicate anthropological insights. The course is divided into three parts, each of which focuses on a different medium - video/film, photography, and sequential art like comics and graphic novels. We will approach examples from each medium in two ways: (1) as cultural artifacts, that is, as cultural forms that give us unique insights into social and cultural processes; and (2) as forms of research communication, that is, a medium for communicating anthropological research to diverse audiences. Throughout the semester students will have an opportunity to produce and critique their own visual work as well as respond to and critique visual material produced in various culturally and temporally specific contexts. [24L]

Pre-requisite: ANT204H5 or ANT206H5 or ANT207H5 or permission of the department