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Visual anthropology today: Infrastuctures for seeing, thinking, and knowing

The course gives students a thorough introduction to visual anthropology from film and photography to digital video and social media. The course participants will presented for classic and recent literature on film and photographic means, history and applications that allow them to produce, discuss and analyze the (audio) visual representations aesthetically and scientifically. The students will be introduced to visual anthropology through reading of the central methodological and analytical texts, and introduced to a variety of new, specific examples of participatory opportunities that digital anthropology and new media offer in social science research. The students will be working practically and analytically in the urban space with thematic tasks.  

Find full course description in the course catalogue.    


The exam consists of a portfolio containing a number of assignments which the student submits to the teacher during the course. The total length of the portfolio is:

One student: 8-12 standard pages
Two students: 12-18 standard pages
Three students: 18-27 standard pages

The number of assignments, their form (individual and/or group-based, written, product and/or oral, set and/or on a topic of the student’s choice), length and deadline for submission will be announced on Blackboard by the teacher at the start of the semester.

Admission Requirements

Course Specific:

To apply for the course you must either be enrolled in a bachelor's degree, have a bachelor's degree or have passed a qualifying entry examination.   


Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about admission here.


Karen Waltorp

Assistant Professor