Wed 23.10. 12:30 Workshop session 1, 14:30 Workshop session 2 + Northern Travelogues * Thu 24.10. Workshop session 3

The link between the practice of visual anthropology and circumpolar cultures is of political significance. The Arctic has become an area of international activities, intensive geopolitical discussions and global environmental concerns. The problems of the region, however, cannot be solved without the active involvement of local populations. While “community involvement” has become a political buzzword in both business and academia, the tradition of collaboration with local populations through visual methods (drawings, maps, films) in anthropological research has a long history. “Visual Anthropology of the North” will raise the awareness of this connection and provide guidelines for the future. The modules offered to students are described in the project description. The modules are intended to widen the range of courses offered to students at the two participating institutions. The project is driven by scholarly interests with existing practices in the field of visual anthropology and addresses problems related to research and research-based teaching.

PROGRAM at the Viscult–NAFA 2019 Ethnographic Film Festival, Joensuu

Bjørn Artnsen: Building up a film database on North Norwegian fisheries: Any treasures to be found?
Bjørn Artnsen (Associate Professor, UiT – Arctic University of Norway) is a visual anthropologist and filmmaker who has been conducting research and making films in Northern Norway and Northern Cameroon. He is the coordinator of the VISCAM project, a collaboration between two universities in Cameroon, in Bamako, Mali and Tromsø, Norway developing teaching program in Visual Anthropology.  

Stephan Dudeck: Films on the North and from the North in Russia: Developing a database on indigenous and ethnographic films in collaboration with local partners
Stephan Dudeck (Assistant Professor, European University at St. Petersburg)  is an anthropologist working at the European University at Saint Petersburg (Russia) and the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland (Finland). He has established close collaborations with Siberian indigenous peoples and conducted long-term anthropological fieldwork with Siberian reindeer herding communities. 
Lisbet Holtedahl: Societal development in the Arctic: The relevance and importance of visual archives on local cultural heritage.
Lisbet Holtedahl (Professor Emerita, UiT – Arctic University of Norway) has been throughout her academic career conducting research in Niger, Northern Norway and especially in Cameroon. Lisbet is currently professor emerita at the Visual Anthropology program at UiT. She continues working on the audio-visual material collected in Africa and Northern Norway and travels to Cameroon every year.

Elena Larskaya: title tba.
Elena Larskaya (Assistant Professor, the European University at Saint Petersburg) bio tba. 
Ilya Utekhin: Visual Anthropology and methodology
Ilya Utekhin is professor in Department of Anthropology, European University at St. Petersburg. He is author of a monographic study of shared apartments in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia that was made accessible to international audiences as Virtual Museum of Soviet Everyday Life (, video-based multimedia website). His recent book on ethnographic film (“What is Visual Anthropology. A Guide to the Classics of Ethnographic Film”) reflects his experience in teaching visual anthropology. His films include “Volunteers” (on Russian residential institution for people with developmental and mental disability) and “Kupalo”(on neo-pagan Summer solstice ritual).
Trond Waage: Northern local communities in anthropological film
Trond Waage (Associate Professor UiT – Arctic University of Norway) holds a PhD in Visual Anthropology. Waage has made several anthropological films from Cameroon and Norway. He has been teaching at the Visual Anthropology program at UiT/Arctic University of Norway since it opened. He is also a board member in the VISCAM and coordinator of ‘The Visual Anthropology of the North Project’.
Len Kamerling: Beyond collaboration: Visual sovereignty and the future of ethnographic film in the North
Alaska filmmaker Len Kamerling is Curator of the Alaska Ethnographic Film Archive at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, and Professor of English at University of Alaska.  He has authored more than a dozen films about Alaska Native cultures and indigenous issues.  Throughout his career, he has been concerned with issues of cultural representation and the role that film archives can play in preserving indigenous knowledge for the future.   Len was a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor in the Visual Anthropology Program at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø for the 2018–19 academic year.