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Message posted on 11/09/2019

Urban Anthropology Through City Films short course at Goldsmiths, London

Course overview

Urban anthropology has fascinated journalists, photographers, and policy makers since the 1920s. ‘Exploring Urban Anthropology Through City Films’ investigates anthropology through a number of documentaries and fiction films. You will touch on everything from sprawling 1920s urban documentaries (or city symphonies), to the video diaries of Lithuanian-American filmmaker Jonas Mekas, to James Benning’s Slow Cinema. Why take the Urban Anthropology Through City Films short course at Goldsmiths?

  • Learn about the basic concepts of urban and visual anthropology, including their history, and key writers and theorists.

  • Expand your anthropological understanding and practice in the diverse and vibrant area of New Cross, in South-East London.

  • Develop your ability to independently conduct small-scale ethnographic fieldwork, and other anthropological projects.

  • Discover the nuances between different types of documentary film, including:

    • Kino Pravda
    • Observational Cinema
    • Cinéma Vérité
    • Direct Cinema
    • Slow Cinema
  • Frame your newfound knowledge of documentary film in terms of key anthropological approaches, both urban and visual.

  • Get to know great photographers of different eras who worked in urban settings, and understand their relationship with visual culture, and the anthropology of the city.

Ethnographic Project

As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to conduct your own ethnographic study on an urban neighbourhood of your choice, using photography, film, and drawing, and present it to the class. You will incorporate and draw on visual anthropology practices, the ethnographic literature surrounding urban anthropology, and elements of visual practices drawn from the documentary films shown as part of the course. Fees£295Booking information

Please note that our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable. Starting date, Thursday 3 Oct 2019 6.30-8.30pm | 10 weeks Book here: https://www.gold.ac.uk/short-courses/exploring-urban-anthropology/

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