Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. 2010. “Can the Subaltern Speak?”

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. 2010. “Can the Subaltern Speak?” In, Can the Subaltern Speak? Reflections on the History of an Idea. Rosalind Morris (ed.) Pp. 21-78. NY: Columbia University Press. Spivak writes that while Foucault and Deleuze were “great intellectuals,” their unmediated conversation (Intellectuals and Power 1972) revealed “certain kinds of convictions” – for instance, their … Continue reading Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. 2010. “Can the Subaltern Speak?”

Annotation: Marks, Laura. 2000. The Skin of the Film

Marks, Laura. 2000. The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses. Durham and London: Duke University Press. The book's title serves as a "metaphor to emphasize the way film signifies through its materiality", and it also suggests that vision is tactile (xi). The author argues that even though cinema is audiovisual in … Continue reading Annotation: Marks, Laura. 2000. The Skin of the Film

Annotation: Naficy, Hamid. 2001. An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking.

Naficy, Hamid. 2001. An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. “Within every transnational culture beats the hearts of multiple displaced but situated cultures interacting with one another” (6). The author calls accented cinema the diasporic and exilic films which can be contrasted with dominant Western cinema. Accented films are “interstitial” … Continue reading Annotation: Naficy, Hamid. 2001. An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking.

Annotation: Fabian, Johannes. 1983. Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes its Object

Fabian, Johannes. 1983. Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes its Object. New York : Columbia University Press. The book discusses how anthropology has been defining/constructing the Other. The term denial of coevalness referstothe “persistent and systematic tendency to place the referent(s) of anthropology in a Time other than the present of the producer of … Continue reading Annotation: Fabian, Johannes. 1983. Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes its Object

Annotation: Schneider, Arnd. 2008. Three Modes of Experimentation with Art and Ethnography

Schneider, Arnd. 2008. Three Modes of Experimentation with Art and Ethnography. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 14(1): 171–194. The article discusses three film projects which combine art and ethnographic methods: Michael Oppitz's work in the Himalayas called Shamans of the Blind Country (1978-81), which uses French structuralist forms of commentary and subtitles; Juan Downey's … Continue reading Annotation: Schneider, Arnd. 2008. Three Modes of Experimentation with Art and Ethnography

Annotation: Rony, Fatimah Tobing. 1996. The Third Eye: Race, Cinema and Ethnographic Spectacle

Rony, Fatimah Tobing. 1996. The Third Eye: Race, Cinema and Ethnographic Spectacle. Durham: Duke University Press. The experience of the "third eye" refers to the experience of seeing the Self through the objectifying lens of "Ethnographic" film. With the third eye, one sees the Self pictured as a "landscape, a museum display, an ethnographic spectacle" … Continue reading Annotation: Rony, Fatimah Tobing. 1996. The Third Eye: Race, Cinema and Ethnographic Spectacle

Annotation: Diaz-Barriga, Miguel. 2008. Distracción: Notes on Cultural Citizenship, Visual Ethnography

Diaz-Barriga, Miguel. 2008. Distracción: Notes on Cultural Citizenship, Visual Ethnography, and Mexican Migration to Pennsylvania. Visual Anthropology Review, 24(2):133-147. In contrast to previous literature on cultural citizenship that focuses on "space" (Holston and Appadurai 1999; Flores and Benmayor 1997), the author suggests to pay attention to the “structures of belonging” as a way to understand … Continue reading Annotation: Diaz-Barriga, Miguel. 2008. Distracción: Notes on Cultural Citizenship, Visual Ethnography

Annotation: MacDougall, David. 2006. The Corporeal Image

MacDougall, David. 2006. The Corporeal Image: Film, Ethnography, and the Senses. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. MacDougall writes that meaning is created by the whole body, and contests the idea that thought contains only words. He proposes to “reexamine the relation between seeing, thinking, and knowing, and the complex nature of thought itself” (2). Film … Continue reading Annotation: MacDougall, David. 2006. The Corporeal Image

Annotation: Ginsburg, Faye. 1995. The Parallax Effect

Ginsburg, Faye. 1995. The Parallax Effect: The Impact of Aboriginal Media on Ethnographic Film. Visual Anthropology Review, 11(2): 64–76. Ethnographic filmmakers are no longer in the same position as in the 1970s, when they were behind the camera filming the indigenous communities as their object. In these times of burgeoning indigenous media, the point is … Continue reading Annotation: Ginsburg, Faye. 1995. The Parallax Effect

Annotation: Holt, Elizabeth Mary. 2002. Colonizing Filipinas

Holt, Elizabeth Mary. 2002. Colonizing Filipinas: Nineteenth Century Representations in Western Historiography. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila Press. Borrowing Foucault's problematization of the past as a “succession of buried presents” (153), Holt looks at the first twelve years of American rule in the Philippines. Early historians, she writes, were caught up in patriarchically structured discourses, … Continue reading Annotation: Holt, Elizabeth Mary. 2002. Colonizing Filipinas