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Message posted on 18/12/2019


Dear coleagues:

I am pleased to share a new publication.

Information below:

THE VULGARITY OF DEMOCRACY: Political Pornography, Masculinity and Politics in Ecuador.

The Vulgarity of Democracy explores key aesthetics and affective aspects of democracy via a visual ethnographic exploration of political pornography and the public uses of machismo to construct agendas for popular redemption in Guayaquil, Ecuador, during the 1980s. This period was the beginning of a highly conflictive social process as a result of the imposition of neoliberal policies. Its focus is on the life and work of Pancho Jaime (1946-1989), the most controversial and widely known rock promoter and independent journalist. Between 1984 and his assassination in 1989, Jaimes underground publications used in-depth investigation as well as gossip, pornographic cartoons, and obscene language to comment on democracy and the corruption of political elites. Jaimes strategy was to denounce the conduct of powerful figures in public office, and caricaturize their deformed bodies as indexes of their supposedly deviant sexuality. Following contemporary and comparative discussions on the political economy of images, and the materiality of image-objects, X. Andrade analyzes the production, circulation, and consumption of Pancho Jaimes political magazines, audience responses to grotesque visual and aggressive textual discourses, and the effects of revealing public secrets about popular understandings of politics.


https://uniandes.edu.co/en/publicacion/libro-vulgarity-democracy-political-po rnography-masculinity-politics-ecuador


Thanks for sharing,

x.andrade https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Xavier_Andrade3/research [https://i1.rgstatic.net/ii/profile.image/611553032298496-1522817013355_Q512/ Xavier_Andrade3.jpg] Xavier Andrade | Ph.D. in Anthropology, The New School for Social Research | Los Andes University (Colombia), Bogot | UNIANDES | Department of Anthropology X. Andrade is a Ph. D. in Anthropology for The New School for Social Research, New York. Works as an Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Universidad de Los Andes (Bogot, Colombia). His fields of inquiry are: visuality, contemporary art, ethnography, and urban anthropology. He is also the President of full dollar, inc., a company that explores the fringes between anthropology and contemporary art. www.researchgate.net

From: Vaneasa on behalf of Beate Engelbrecht via Vaneasa Sent: Monday, December 16, 2019 7:03 AM To: Vaneasa@lists.easaonline.org Cc: zeamer@usc.edu Subject: [Vaneasa] Visual Anthropology M.A. at USC (Call for Applications)

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California (USC) is now accepting applications for Fall 2020 admission to the Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology (MVA) program. We have a rolling admissions process and accept applications through April. However, is best to be considered in the first rounds: applications received by January 31 will be included in the first review for admissions.

Continuing a 30-year tradition of ethnographic documentary production, the Center for Visual Anthropology at USC offers a Masters degree in Visual Anthropology (MVA) that can be completed in one calendar year of full-time, or two years of part-time study. The MVA program is open to college graduates who have a background in anthropology, social science, cultural studies, visual studies, film studies, documentary production and also to USC undergraduates. We provide a scholarly environment for the study and practice of anthropological media, and hands-on training in ethnographic research methods and documentary production techniques (camera, sound, editing). You can follow current MVA news on the USC Center for Visual Anthropology Facebook page .

Founded by acclaimed anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff, best known for her Academy Award-winning documentary Number Our Days (1976), the Center for Visual Anthropology at USC was led from 1982-1994 by Timothy Asch, a pioneer in incorporating ethnographic film into the practice and teaching of anthropology. Over the Centers history, students and faculty have produced more than 150 ethnographic documentaries. Among the distinctions garnered by this body of work are: an Academy Award, an Academy Award nomination, a Sundance Grand Prize, and a national broadcast on the PBS television series POV. Learn more about the programs history in these features from our archive:

  • A New Generation of Visual Anthropologists , USC News, 2019
  • Reel Life , USC Dornsife Magazine, 2011
  • Visual Anthropologist in the Directors Chair , Los Angeles Times, 1987

More on the MVA program and application process can be found here: https://dornsife.usc.edu/anth/masters-in-visual-anthropology/

Feel free to contact Graduate Studies Advisor, Dr. Emily Zeamer at zeamer@usc.edu , with any questions about the MVA program or application process.

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