Ethnography, Autoethnography, Counterethnography

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Fall 2020

Taught By: Leo Goldsmith

Section: AX

CRN: 9344

Credits: 4

This course explores the parallel histories of cinema and ethnography as they intertwine in documentary film and media. Since the beginning of film history, moving-image technologies have been used to document, record, and represent groups of people across geographic and cultural divides, often resulting in images that reinforce stereotypes and further colonialist projects and imperialist ideologies. At the same time, artists and filmmakers have also used film/video as a means of challenging these practices and distortions, subverting the conventions of ethnographic filmmaking for personal and politically radical ends. In examining the evolution of these practices across media contexts, this course frames cinema history as a set of often fraught cross-cultural exchanges and struggles over the means of representation. Artists/filmmakers under consideration include: Robert Flaherty, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Rouch, Sarah Maldoror, Luis Ospina, Chris Marker, Kidlat Tahimik, Howardena Pindell, the Sensory Ethnography Lab, Sara Gómez, Karrabing Film Collective, and the New Red Order. [M, C, & S tracks]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:31am 2/25/2021 EST

Meeting Info::

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 9/4/2020 - 12/18/2020