Visual Anthropology and the City

Visual Anthropology and the City

14 & 15 October 2016

‘Visual Anthropology and the City’ is a two-day-symposium at Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) and UCL Institute of Archaeology, Heritage Studies, which brings together anthropologists, filmmakers and artists. Urban anthropology has fascinated journalists, photographers and policy makers with the emergence of the Chicago School since the 1920s. Ethnography and long-term research facilitated deeper insights into the everyday lives of urban neighborhoods that were often associated with violence, crime and housing problems. Cinema and photography have also since their inception engaged with the urban, and their development is deeply entwined with that of the modern metropolis. We are interested in visual research that looks at modernity, subcultures, non-western cities, regeneration, urban elites, domestic space, social movements and urban architecture. In this symposium we will discuss films, photography and writings on the subject from both academic and practitioners’ perspectives. For more details on the programme and registration (essential) please email

The complete programme is available here.

Free and welcome to all!

Dr Barbara Knorpp (Anthropologist, UCL)
Caterina Sartori (RAI Film Officer)

Friday 14th October 2016 13.00-19.00
Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T 5BT (next to French Theatre Bookshop)

Saturday 15th October 2016 10.00-17.30
Institute of Archaeology, Heritage Studies, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, Lecture Theatre G6LT

Location : Royal Anthropological Institute
50 Fitzroy Street
United Kingdom

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