Teaching Visuals – The Pedagogy of Visual & Digital Anthropology

Published: 2013-12-13

Teaching visuals

Date: 10 April 2014, 09.00-17.00
Venue: Stockholm University, Department of Social Anthropology

Drawing on the established research traditions within visual anthropology, this workshop will focus on the pedagogy of deploying visual and digital media in fieldwork across a range of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology and media and cultural studies.
Teachers and Ph.D. students in the social sciences and media and culture studies with an interest in teaching applied visual and digital media are invited to participate.

Visual and digital media are gradually making their way into a number of Nordic social sciences programs. The courses range from the theoretical analysis of visual and digital media to practical, hands-on courses in deploying visual and digital media – film, photography, 2.0 WebDoc/iDoc – in fieldwork, research and communication. The goal of this workshop is to share teaching experiences, to analyse outcomes, and to develop new forms and formats for teaching the use of visual and digital media in fieldwork.

During the first part of the workshop, four teachers of visual and digital anthropology will introduce us to their pedagogical experiences of engaging students practically with visual and digital media, presenting results and work-in-progress and discussing the mutual prospects of their practical pedagogical work. During the second half of the workshop, 3-4 workshop participants will present an idea, a project or a visual/digital course, proposing to make them the object of collaborative discussions and further elaboration.

The workshop will provide rich possibilities for discussing visual and digital teaching forms and formats, and will furthermore be a privileged venue for setting up joint courses and collaborative ventures. The workshop is being held in conjunction with the conference “Beyond the Frame: The Future of the Visual in an Age of Digital Diversity”, April 7-9, at Saltsjöbaden, Stockholm. For more information and to register for that event, click here.

To attend the workshop, you are invited to send a letter of motivation, including a brief description of a teaching project you might wish to put up for discussion. A selection will be made of 3-4 projects for the afternoon session. There is no charge to attend the workshop, but registration is binding. Send your motivation and proposal to Perle Møhl no later than 1 February 2014. (perle.mohl@anthro.ku.dk)


  • Mark Westmoreland, University of Stockholm
  • Paula Uimonen, University of Stockholm
  • Perle Møhl, University of Copenhagen
  • Trond Waage, University of Tromsø