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Accepted Paper:

Negotiating social change: visual anthropology and education  
Alex Vailati (Federal University of Pernambuco)

Paper long abstract:

It is stated that visual anthropology, compared to the written one, was pioneer as regards the observation of the relationship between observer and observed. In this lecture, I am going to emphasize another important outcome of this relationship. The researcher, in many visual anthropology research projects, is considerable as an "active member" of the society he is studying.

The research I am presenting was conducted in rural KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa. Here, I worked with a group of young people teaching them how to realize a video. The results underline the relationship between desire of modernity and strategy of video-production. Moreover, I am going to demonstrate that educational projects can find, in collaborative visual anthropology approach, a medium to understand, negotiate and also re-address the social change that projects can produce.

Panel W049
Crisis and imag(e)ination: visual studies in and about crisis
  Session 1