Visual and New Media Review

Visual and New Media Review is a multimedia forum for expanding the boundaries of academic and artistic engagement. Working at the intersections of anthropology, contemporary art, media, sound and film studies, and the digital humanities, the section seeks to sustain dialogues among these kindred pursuits and to provide a platform for experimental and innovative work, as well as critical assessment and reviews of scholarship, film, and visual culture.

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Questions and proposals for guest posts can be sent to section editor Andrés Romero at [email protected]

Letting Stories Speak: A Review of Dead Souls

Letting Stories Speak: A Review of Dead Souls

Dead Souls (2018) begins with this still. It is all the context that the documentarist, Wang Bing, provides for the viewer. Then, for almost eight hours, surv... More

Book Forum: Violence’s Fabled Experiment

Book Forum: Violence’s Fabled Experiment

Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers’s Violence’s Fabled Experiment (2018) is a superb account of the relationship between images, violence, and history. It is al... More

Storying Otherwise. A Review of Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

Storying Otherwise. A Review of Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

“We need other kinds of stories,” Donna Haraway implores as she faces the camera. “Storying otherwise,” in Haraway’s expression, is an apt characterization of... More

The Politics of Compilation: Around India with Sandhya Suri

The Politics of Compilation: Around India with Sandhya Suri

How does one approach the past? Whether as a vast, uneven field, a spiral, or a stairway, spatial metaphors fail to do justice to time. Excavating memory, as ... More

Archiving Postcolonial Modernity: The Foreign Service Family Slide Show

Archiving Postcolonial Modernity: The Foreign Service Family Slide Show

My father worked for the Indian Foreign Service from 1955 to 1982. During this period our nuclear family lived in several countries across Africa, South America... More

Navigating the Anarchy of Debris: Observing the Loss of Material Sovereignty

Navigating the Anarchy of Debris: Observing the Loss of Material Sovereignty

This essay is an immersive exploration of an abandoned industrial site, which addresses the degeneration of materials and the imagery of ruination. By visually ... More

The Margins of a Home: A Review of Familienleben

The Margins of a Home: A Review of Familienleben

Some bodies run toward loud noises. Others flee from such sounds, running away as fast as they can. Rosa Hannah Ziegler’s Familienleben (2018) incites attentio... More

Repetition and Extraordinary Living in the Gaza Camp

Repetition and Extraordinary Living in the Gaza Camp

On a winding two-lane road, just a few kilometers southwest of the ancient city of Jarash, a small refugee camp punctuates the Jordanian landscape. Established ... More

Sketching Visual Anthropology: An Interview with Illustrator Judit Ferencz

Sketching Visual Anthropology: An Interview with Illustrator Judit Ferencz

In I Swear I Saw This, Michael Taussig (2011) chronicles his travels in Colombia through his mostly colorless drawings. He writes that he is “not much of a dr... More

The Seeds of Divinity: An Interview with Antonia Foias and Robert Rock

The Seeds of Divinity: An Interview with Antonia Foias and Robert Rock

This spring and summer, the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) features an exhibition entitled The Seeds of Divinity, curated by Antonia Foias, Chair and Pr... More