Visual Ethnography (MSc)
Visual Ethnography provides an important framework, toolkit, and skillset to address the pressing concerns of Global Vulnerabilities and Social Resilience.
What does this master's specialisation in Visual Ethnography entail?
Visual Ethnography draws upon audiovisual media’s unique ability to share insights about people and places on multiple registers – discursive, sensory, embodied, spatial, etc. Furthermore, with the growing prominence of digital media, Visual Ethnography offers an expanded framework for producing contemporary anthropological research. Multimodal approaches have become increasingly important components in ethnographic research for collaborating with research communities and expanding the range of scholarly outputs. Visual Ethnography highlights the vital role anthropology plays in the greater public.
Reasons to choose Visual Ethnography at Leiden University
- Training in how to use audio-visual methods during your master's field research;
- Know-how of audiovisual methods – from drawing and photography to sound and video recording – during each phase of the research process in order to create your own independent audiovisual research project;
- The ability to apply different media in different stages of research, producing full-length documentaries and/or combining text, image, and sound in digital multi-media environments.
Visual Ethnography: the right specialisation for you?
Are you eager to explore traditional and experimental audiovisual methods for ethnographic research? Do you consider translating your research findings into a documentary? Are you highly motivated, committed and hard working? Then Visual Ethnography is the right specialisation for you!
Visual Ethnography as a methodological track changes to Visual Ethnography specialisation
Visual Ethnography is in the academic year of 2017-2018 still a methodological track within the master's programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. However, beginning in September 2018 Visual Ethnography will be recognised as its own specialisation. The master's specialisation in Visual Ethnography will only be offered as part of the programme starting in September each year (and therefore not available from February).