The project is supported by funding from the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Future Learning in Social Sciences (FLS) project, which aims to strengthen the use of ICT in education.

Visual Media in Anthropology intends to develop the skills of teachers, researchers, PhD candidates and students to expand the use of visual media in research and education.

Digital media and visual technology enable exciting visual representations of e.g. different environments that for many may seem inaccessible. Photography and film are particularly suitable for a subject such as anthropology, especially in terms of providing a more holistic and accessible presentation of anthropological knowledge.

The project contributes towards optimizing the Department’s earlier investment in a Visual Lab. The Visual Lab has the capacity to provide professional use of visual media (film and photography) in teaching and research. It is equipped with computers, video cameras and audio recording and is available for the Department’s researchers and has also been used by its students.

The aim of Visual Media in Anthropology

The project’s specific objectives are:

  • Improved expertise in visual methods and visual technology among researchers and students.
  • Pedagogical integration of visual methods at all levels in education.
  • Production and distribution of visual media (film).
  • Collaboration with Stockholm University (Department of Sociology, Department of Computer and Systems Science, and Department of Media Studies) and with visual projects (teaching and research) at University College of London (UCL), University of Leiden, University of Vienna and University of Antwerp.

Project activities

Workshops and seminars with invited experts from Stockholm University, University College of London (UCL), University of Leiden, University of Vienna and University of Antwerp will be organised during the academic year, combined with lectures on visual methods and visual forms of representation.

At undergraduate level, visual methods will be integrated into the methods course (BA program and independent courses), including the Global Development undergraduate program. Students writing their final theses will also be given access to the Visual Lab.

At advanced level, visual methods will be integrated into the methods course (master’s programmes and independent courses) and in the relevant modules “Media Anthropology” and “Digital Anthropology”. Students will also be given access to the Visual Lab in connection to fieldwork and thesis writing.

The pedagogical integration of visual media into teaching, also into courses that focus on other themes, will strengthen both students’ and teachers’ development, intellectually as well as professionally.

Further information

Helena Wulff and Paula Uimonen are active in:

These represent external support organizations. Professor Thomas Fillitz, University of Vienna, and Associate Professor Paolo Favero, University of Antwerp will also give external support to the project.

Several researchers at the Department have in the past produced films that have received international attention. Some examples are the documentary films “Fly over Delhi” (2005) by Paolo Favero, “B.A.T.A.M.” (2005) by Johan Lindquist and the ethnographic road movie “Chanjo ya Rushwa” (vaccination against corruption) (2013) by Paula Uimonen.

Learn more about the Department of Social Anthropology’s Media cluster.

Learn more about the Faculty of Social Science’s commitment to Future Learning (in Swedish).