Spring 2022

Visual Anthropology

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-241

Formerly listed as: ANTH-41

Moodle site: Course


Deborah B. Gewertz (Section 01)


(Offered as ANTH 241 and FAMS 378) This course will explore and evaluate various visual genres, including photography, ethnographic film, and museum presentation as modes of anthropological analysis—as media of communication facilitating cross-cultural understanding. Among the topics to be examined are the ethics of observation, the politics of artifact collection and display, the dilemma of representing non-Western “others” through Western media, and the challenge of interpreting indigenously produced visual depictions of “self” and “other.”

Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Professor Gewertz.

If Overenrolled: If course is over enrolled, will privilege majors and ask students to provide the reasons they wish to take the course.


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2021, Spring 2022