Inside the department
We provide a strong focus for current departmental research initiatives in visual theory and practice.
Our practices frame western contemporary art as well as other traditions in a comparative and historical perspective.
The Unit of Visual Anthropology is part of the Department of Anthropology and its emergence reflects various research themes in the Department as well as postgraduate programmes involving photography, filmmaking, museum studies and anthropology.
The Unit provides a strong focus for current departmental research initiatives in visual theory and practice. These frame western contemporary art as well as other traditions in comparative and historical perspective. The MAVIS (MA in Visual Anthropology) MRes, MPhil/PhD programmes include substantial practice components and the Department is equipped with its own studio facilities.
The Unit is linked with an international community of anthropological filmmakers and photographers and maintains strong connections with documentary and museum activities in London.
As well as its academic pursuits, the Unit provides a public forum for screenings, talks and seminars related to all aspects of anthropology, documentary and the visual arts.