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]

Bodies at War

Bodies at War

We welcome you to the 2020 return of the Screening Room film series. We begin our series with Emily Cohen's film Bodies at War (2015). The film centers on the l... More

Sketching toward Alternate Openings in the Field

Sketching toward Alternate Openings in the Field

Fieldnote-taking and writing in the field comes rife with complexities of representation, what Michael Taussig (2011, 13) has described as “that drive to get it... More

Ghostly Excesses: Ethnography and Experimental Cinema

Ghostly Excesses: Ethnography and Experimental Cinema

What will I do? What will I do without exile, and a long night that stares at the water? Water binds me to your name . . . Nothing takes me from the butterflies... More

Blasted Cathedral

Blasted Cathedral

Artist Statement I am the shadow you erased, but I return to prove it is possible to be punished by the meeting point. This leaves an error of light where disgu... More

Survivors

Survivors

An aerial view descends into the city as floating trash blur the boundaries where water turns to housing settlements. The camera follows an ambulance through th... More

Out of the Ordinary: A Review of The Hundreds

Out of the Ordinary: A Review of The Hundreds

Perhaps a theory orders the world; perhaps poetry disrupts it . . . Perhaps The Hundreds (Duke University Press, 2019)—Lauren Berlant and Kathleen Stewart’s col... More

Anthropological Film Fragments from Early Twentieth-Century Mexico: A Curatorial Problem

Anthropological Film Fragments from Early Twentieth-Century Mexico: A Curatorial Problem

What if we approached our pedagogical and scholarly engagements with ethnographic cinemas as a series of curatorial exercises in seeing, as a practice of second... More

Media, Images, and the Expressive Arts at AAA/CASCA 2019

Media, Images, and the Expressive Arts at AAA/CASCA 2019

The American Anthropology Association and the Canadian Anthropology Society will co-host their yearly national conference in Vancouver, Canada, from November 20... More

Ethnographic Lesser Evils

Ethnographic Lesser Evils

Ni Mnyama pekee anaeruka,Yasemekana mchana haoni bali usiku,She is a creature of flight,Day-blind and night-sighted,If animals are mentioned at all in our ethno... More

“This is about racism and greed”: Photographs of Philadelphia’s Mass School Closures

“This is about racism and greed”: Photographs of Philadelphia’s Mass School Closures

After months of community opposition and protest, on March 7, 2013, the School District of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission (SRC) voted to close twenty-t... More