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Completed research project

Title / Titel The Working Body in Ethnographic Film
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Original title / Originaltitel Der arbeitende Körper im ethnographischen Film
Summary / Zusammenfassung After several decades of seemingly established existence Visual Anthropology still has to work on its full acceptance within its scientific discipline. The reluctance with which traditional science is treating new forms of research has several good reasons: On the one hand there is no agreement on the rôles which audio-visual techniques, means, methods and media can play within anthropology. On the other hand Visual Anthropology has to deal with a lack of terms with the help of which it would be discussed.

The proposed thesis is trying to deal with these issues. The possibilities of Visual Anthropology will be set to the test by considering the working body in the field of 'anthropology of skill - embodied knowledge'. A first part will deal with a historical overview and will try to set the stage for the further development of some pressing theoretical questions. A second part will develop the theoretical foundations of the literature of the body at work and will try to deduce methodical implications for the ethnographic research thereof. In a further section some practical research examples will be considered, i.e. films made for an exhibition about pottery in China and films describing handycraft in rural Afghanistan. In conclusion, it will be attempted to formulate a filmic methodology for the investigation of the body at work.
Publications / Publikationen
Thurnherr Christof
2011. "Mehr als nur ein Augenblick", in: Tsantsa #16, S. 174-192.

Thurnherr Christof
2010. "Der Körper im Film. Überlegungen zur scheinbaren Selbstverständlichkeit des Mediums", in: Anette Mertens, Christof Thurnherr, Mareile Flitsch (Hg.), 'Abgedreht! China töpfert bodennah', Broschüre zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung, S. 35-41. Zürich: Völkerkundemusem.

Flitsch, Mareile u. Mertens, Anette u, Thurnherr, Christof
2010. "Töpfer - Körper - Könnerschaft". In: Ferrum 82. Nachrichten aus der Eisenbibliothek Stiftung der Georg Fischer AG, S. 75-84.

Thurnherr Christof
2010. DVD "Abgedreht!", PAL, 51', farbe, ohne Ton. Filme des Völkerkundemuseums Zürich VMZ DVD 007. Zürich: Völkerkundemuseum.

Thurnherr, Christof (2012). Review: Beyond the Visual. Sound and image in ethnographic and documentary film (Iversen and Simonsen). Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia, 1(1):83-90.

Thurnherr, Christof (2012). Book review: The adventure of the real. Visual Anthropology, 25(3):236-241.

Thurnherr, Christof (2012). Visual anthropology as a discipline of words. On the importance of the verbal in visual archives. Newsletter, (61):32-33.

Keywords / Suchbegriffe Visual based research, ethnographic film, embodied knowledge, skill, pottery, China, picture scrolls, Santal, Bengal
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
lic.phil I, lic.iur. Christof Thurnherr (Project Leader)
Prof. Dr. Mareile Flitsch
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Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Universität Zürich (position pursuing an academic career)
Duration of Project / Projektdauer May 2009 to Dec 2018