Visual Anthropology had its own programme at the IUAES 2013 Manchester Congress. The IUAES Commission on Visual Anthropology, in close co-operation with Manchester University's Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, organized film screenings and a full 4 days' programme with paper-presentations around different types of audiovisual media, a special forum, and exhibitions of diverse modes of representation using visual media.
The panels programme was more specifically oriented towards ethnographic documentary filmmakers and other specialists in Visual Anthropology, and involved the use of different kinds of audiovisual media accompanied by a shorter or longer paper-presentation or other discussion-format. It was coordinated by Metje Postma and Angela Torresan.
The Film programme was organised by the CVA on a regional basis, aimed to also attract non-visual anthropologists who work or are interested in the regions in question, and had time for discussion after the screening, focused both on the content of the films and on discourses of ethnographic cinema that are taking place in the specific region.
The programme included a special 'forum-mission' called Establishing academic standards of evaluation for non-literary forms of representation in anthropology. The aim was to produce guidelines, for academia worldwide, on how to evaluate and judge non-literary forms of representation in anthropology. A manifesto concerning this topic will be produced and presented during the Congress.
The discussion was convened by Peter Ian Crawford.
Within Visual Anthropology, more and more hybrid forms and modes of representation are being produced and their role within academia and place in society at large increasingly explored. The CVA organized a space where video-installations, photo-exhibitions and other displays could be exhibited during the Congress.
Photography as a research method
The photographic exhibition brought together an international group of social researchers/artist who use photography as a methodology for their research. The exhibition opened a space to discuss but also to show how the practice of photography can be of value to anthropology, social research and beyond.
Three multimedia installations reflected themes and media-treatments that were discussed in Panel V05. Collective representation and counter-visuality feature prominently in current practices of visual research. We tested the idea of the ethnographer as broker, mapper or architect rather than "auteur", using multi-sensory, multi-linear and multi-voice formats to enhance transcultural understandings.