CFP: Anthropology and Media Studies

2007 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
Chicago, IL
March 8-11, 2007

Session Proposal Abstract:

This session pursues the theme of transdisciplinary collaborations by
focusing on the places where media anthropology and media studies
critically intersect. The important role of global media in the
formulation of individual and group identity has forced both media
studies scholars and anthropologists of media to converge on locations
of production.

In the 'golden age' of cinema and 'classical' anthropology there
existed but an anecdotal similarity between the film director working
'on-location' and the ethnographer being 'in the field.' Today, the
site of television and anthropological production has in some
instances become identical. In addition to cultures of production,
anthropologists of media and media scholars are also interested in
cultures of consumption. Presenters include anthropologists working on
the locations of film and television production, cinema scholars
studying cultures of production, and interdisciplinary researchers
exploring media reception and indigenous media.

In order to remain focused on how visual culture co-constitutes
collective identities in an accelerating process of media production
and reception, cinema, television, and anthropological scholars might
do well to attend to the field sites from where media originate. This
session is positioned to mutually engage two critical cultural
scholarships, media studies and cultural anthropology, on the crisis
of location.

Examples might include:

-ethnographies/geographies of television production
-ethnographies/geographies of independent film producers
-fieldwork-based research into cultures of media consumption
-appropriation of anthropological theories into cinema/TV studies
-social geography and the production of taste
-media consumption and class, gender, ethnicity
-indigenous media
-media and transprovincialism
-mediascapes and global migration
-local vs. global television/film

Please send your abstracts to Adam Fish [log in to unmask] by August
25, 2006. For more on SCMS 2007, see

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite