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Catarina Alves Costa (Portugal)

Holds a PHD in Anthropology from the University Lisbon and an MA in Visual Anthropology from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, Manchester. Teaches Visual Culture and Anthropology in Nova University, Portugal. Producer and director at the company Laranja Azul. Collaborates with different post graduation studies, in Barcelona, Spain, São Paulo University, Brazil and Mexico City. She was as a jury in different ethnographic film festivals. Directed films since 1992, won various international prizes and published different works on documentary and ethnographic films. Some of her films are distributed by Documentary Educational Resourses.

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Roger Canals (Spain)

holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology, with a specialty in Visual Anthropology, from the EHESS in Paris and the University of Barcelona. He has published various articles on visual anthropology and Afro-American religions and the book L’Image nomade (Éditions Universitaires Européennes, 2010). He has also made several ethnographic films, mainly about Afro-American religions in Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Spain. He currently works as professor and researcher at the University of Barcelona in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, as well as in the Masters Program in Visual Anthropology of the University of Barcelona.

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Peter I. Crawford (Denmark)

is currently Professor II at the Visual Anthropology Programme at the University of Tromsø, Norway. Together with Jens Pinholt he has led the Reef Islands Ethnographic Film Project since 1994. His publishing company, Intervention Press (, has published numerous books on visual anthropology

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Beate Engelbrecht (Germany)

Anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker. PhD 1985 in Anthropology at the University of Basel. Since 1985, producer of  anthropological films at the Institute for Scientific Film in Göttingen. Since 1986 lecturer for Visual Anthropology at the University of Göttingen and sometimes elsewhere. Since 2011 Senior Research Partner of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen. Founder and director of the Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival. Since 2006 Chair of the Visual Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.

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Paolo Favero (Belgium)

Paolo Favero is Associate Professor in Film Studies and Visual Culture at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp. With a PhD in Social Anthropology from Stockholm University focusing on questions of globalization and cultural identity among young people in Delhi (resulting in a book entitled “India Dreams”, 2005) Paolo has devoted the core of his career to the study of visual culture in India and Italy. He is also a specialist of the integration of new technologies within ethnographic methods. Presently he conducts research on image-making practices in contemporary India. Paolo has taught at the University Institute Lisbon (Portugal), University College London (UK), University of Foggia (Italy) and Stockholm University (Sweden) and has published, among others, for Cultural Anthropology, Visual Studies, the Journal of Material Culture, Social Anthropology, Anthropological Quarterly. His most recent publications focus on interactive documentary filmmaking and on the meaning images in a digital landscape. Paolo is also an active photographer and filmmaker. In 2004 he directed Flyoverdelhi, a film on youth in Delhi that was screened by Swedish and Italian national broadcasters. He is presently an elected member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and the vice-chair of the ECREA Visual Culture network.

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Cristina Grasseni (The Netherlands)

Professor of Anthropology at Leiden University. Radcliffe Institute and Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University (2011/12). Among her publications on visual anthropology and visual apprenticeship as a form of situated learning: Skilled Visions: Between Apprenticeship and Standards (ed., Berghahn, 2007); Developing Skill, Developing Vision: Practices of Locality at the Foot of the Alps (Berghahn, 2009); Digital Visual Engagements (special issue of Anthrovision, 2/2 co-edited with F. Walter, 2014). She received her BA in Philosophy, MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science, and PhD in Social Anthropology with Visual Media from the universities of Pavia, Cambridge and Manchester.

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Alyssa Grossman (Great Britain)

Alyssa Grossman is a social and visual anthropologist whose work spans the themes of cultural memory, critical heritage, material and visual culture, ethnographic filmmaking, and the intersections between anthropology and contemporary art. Her fieldwork primarily has been in Romania, investigating sites and practices of remembrance work in post-communist Bucharest, with a focus on everyday objects, landscapes, images and discourses of memorialization. Drawn to experimental and cross-disciplinary methodologies, she is a founding member of the collective General Assn. with Selena Kimball, stemming from their long-term art/anthropology collaborations and exchanges. Alyssa is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media, University of Liverpool.

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Felicia Hughes-Freeland (Great Britain)

is an anthropologist and a documentary filmmaker who has published widely on performance, including Embodied Communities: Dance Traditions and Change in Java (2008) and the film Tayuban: Dancing the Spirit in Java (1996). She is currently working on cultural heritage and documentary film as Research Associate at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at SOAS, London.

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Steffen Köhn (Germany)

Steffen Köhn is an anthropologist and filmmaker who is equally interested in ethnography as a form of engagement with social worlds and in the practices of experimental film and video art as explorations of perception. He works in both documentary and fiction
and further creates more experimental pieces that he shows internationally in galleries and museums Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at FU Berlin’s Research Area Visual and Media Anthropology. His monograph Mediating Mobility—Visual Anthropology in the Age of Migration was published by Wallflower/Columbia University Press in 2016.

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László Kürti (Hungary)

is a social anthropologist (PhD, University of Massachusetts, 1989).  He taught anthropology at The American University in Washington DC, and the Eötvös University in Budapest, and presently teaches at the University of Miskolc, Hungary. He conducted fieldwork in North America, Romania and Hungary. His English-language books include: The Remote Borderland (2001), Youth and the State in Hungary (2002), and served as co-editor for Beyond Borders (1996), Working Images (2004) and Every Day’s a Festival: Diversity on Show (2011). From 2001 to 2006 he was Secretary of the European Association of Social Anthropologists; currently he serves on the international editorial advisory board of Visual Studies.

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Côme Ledésert (France)

Côme Ledésert is a French filmmaker and holder of a practice-led PhD in Film Studies at the University of Westminster, London, UK. He is a specialist of mental health narratives and research how to renew them with help of performative techniques initially practiced in the context of long durational performance art. He is interested in the nonverbal and more-than corporeal dimensions of mental health, in relation to the recovery process. 

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Metje Postma (The Netherlands)

is a visual anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. She works as a part-time lecturer at University of Leiden and has contributed to documentary projects in Spain, Holland, Sudan, and Eritrea. She is the chair of the Commission on Visual Anthropology of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.

Metje Postma’s current research examines how a group of refugees from the Arab Rashaayda Bedouin community of Sudan, staying in Eritrea, is represented to and by aid organizations and how it presents itself in different ways, arenas and for different audiences. Her theoretical interest is in how forms and modes of communication engage an audience differently. She explores how the discourse on representational processes in ethnography can be applied in the field of development. In past and future research she has also been interested in how people embody knowledge and skills, and how body-techniques are traditionally used to reach certain states of consciousness.

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Michaela Schäuble (Switzerland)

is Assistant Professor for social anthropology with a focus on media anthropology at the University of Bern. She was lecturer in Social and Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester (2013-2014), a postdoctoral fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University (2012-2013) and EURIAS-Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Bologna, Italy (2011-2012). She has a long-standing interest in audio-visual media as analytical tools of anthropological research and has conducted fieldwork in Croatia, Italy and Togo. In her own documentary films she mainly deals with questions of memory, home and belonging, but is more generally interested in experimental forms of storytelling (i.e. animation, ethnofiction). Her current research project, The Art of Controlled Accident, looks into audio-visual explorations of trance and spirit possession from the 1940s-60s - with a comparative focus on the films of Maya Deren, Jean Rouch, and a group of Italian documentarists.

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Arnd Schneider (Norway)

is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. Schneider has carried out fieldworks in Sicily, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador and Mexico, and his research interests focus on contemporary art and anthropology, migration and ethnographic film. Among his books are Appropriation as Practice: Art and Identity in Argentina (Palgrave 2006), and co-edited with Chris Wright, Contemporary Art and Anthropology (Berg 2006) and Between Art and Anthropology (Berg 2010).

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Angela Torresan (Great Britain)

Angela Torresan has tough visual anthropology at the University of Manchester, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, since 2007. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology with Visual Media at the University of Manchester.  Her research interests are varied and span from indigenous people in Northeast Brazil, middle-class Brazilian migration to London and Lisbon. Some of the results of her latest research on urban renewal and securitization in Rio de Janeiro favelas can be seen in her website Views of Vidigal.

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Nadja Valentinčič Furlan (Slovenia)

is a higher museum counsellor at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum in Ljubljana, Slovenia, heading the Department of Ethnographic Film. She produces ethnographic films, audiovisual messages for exhibitions and short films for the Slovene Register of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. She publishes on the use of films in museum exhibitions, visual anthropology, intangible cultural heritage, life stories, memories and research ethics. She is a member of VANEASA, Visual Anthropology Network committee. Her recent research is on constructing knowledge and identities in films on intangible cultural heritage.p>

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Nadine Wanono (France)

has a research tenure position at the CNRS: Centre d’études des mondes africains, CNRS-Paris 1 ( She took part at the workshop organized by Jean Rouch in Mozambique (1977-1979). She conducted her field work among the Dogon people in Mali, where she produced several films which were selected in numerous ethnographic film festivals and broadcast on Arte. As Visiting Associate Professor at UCSB, she started research on the role and impact of digital technologies in visual anthropology. In 2005-2007, she conducted a seminar on the subject Singularités et Technologie. In 2011, during the 30th Ethnographic Film Festival, she initiated a collaboration with Le Cube, digital art center (, to present an encounter entitled “Unique Narrativities”.

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Helena Wulff (Sweden)

Helena Wulff is Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. Her research is in the anthropology of communication and aesthetics, based on a wide range of studies of the social worlds of literary production, dance and visual culture (images) in a transnational perspective. She is currently engaged in a study of writing as craft and career in Ireland, her next project is on migrant writers in Sweden as an instance of world literatures. Helena Wulff´s most recent book is the edited volume The Anthropologist as Writer: Genres and Contexts in the Twenty-First Century (2016, Berghahn).

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Florian Walter (Germany)

is assistant professor of social and cultural anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a teaching and research position for visual and media anthropology at the Latin American Institute (LAI) and his research project examines the possibilities and limits of anthropological knowledge production in the audiovisual and post-digital field of anthropology. Walter has carried out fieldworks in Mexico, and his publications (peer-reviewed texts and films) focus on postcolonial studies, decolonial options, collaborative methodologies, indigenous media, and transcultural montage.

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