Media as Visual Communication
Department of Anthropology
Philadelphia, PA 19122 USA
Fall Semester, 2002
This seminar will integrate scholarly interests in visual
culture, visual social sciences (especially anthropology and
sociology), socio-cultural anthropology, media studies, visual/pictorial
communication and as the title indicates, indigenous media.
We will examine theoretical contributions from each of these
areas, surveying cross-cultural and domestic projects and
studies motivated by both intellectual and applied concerns.
Primarily we will take an historic overview of studies generally
classified in the not-so-well defined area of "indigenous
media" occasionally referred to as "subject-,"
participant- or "native-generated imagery."
In turn, more attention will be given to visual/pictorial
forms than verbal (spoken or written) examples. We will also
review several communication formats including broadcast and
narrowcast media, big and small media, mass modes and home
modes of audio-visual communication. This one-semester Senior
Seminar will be organized into four (4) sections, all grounded
in the theme: Indigenous Imagery as Visual Communication.
Visual materials will be part of each seminar session as 35
mm slides, 16 mm film or videotape.