Cultural and Visual Anthropology

Documentary Film Studies, Publication in the Diário da República - Despacho n.º 13021/2015

5 ECTS; 1º Ano, 1º Semestre, 60,0 T + 3,0 OT


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a) Understand the fundamental concepts of Anthropology
b) To assimilate the importance of the concept of "Other" through Anthropology.
c) To have a historical overview of Cultural Anthropology and Visual
d) Mastering the methods of Visual Anthropology and its connection with the Documentary Film.

1 Concepts and basic methods in cultural anthropology
1.1 Other
1.2 Participant observation
1.3 The (invention of)the primitive idea
2 Genesis and development of Visual Anthropology
2.1 Flaherty and Nanook
2.2 Dziga Vertov and his Kino Glaz
2.3 Functionalisms? Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson
2.4 The unsurpassable Jean Rouche
3 Visual Anthropology and Portuguese documentaries

Evaluation Methodology
Assiduity and Participation - 20%
Exercise 1 - 20%
Exercise 2 - 20%
Exercise 3 - 20%
Written assignments - 20%

- Riviére, C. (1995). Introdução à Antropologia. Lisboa: Edições 70
- Hockings, P. (2003). Principles of Visual Anthropology. Hague: De Gruyter Mouton
- Barbosa, A. e Teodoro da Cunha, E. (2006). Antropologia e Imagem. Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar
- Freire, M. e Penafria, M. (0). Documentário e Antropologia. Acedido em 28 de setembro de 2007 em

Method of interaction
Theoretical classes with films and text analysis.

Software used in class
Not applicable.