Application Deadline: 15 June 1999
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Dates: September 12 - 26, 1999
Department of Social Anthropology, University of Hamburg (Germany)
Today the media cannot be ignored, they have become an indispensable
part of everyday life all over the world. Scientific research on media
and media use have also increased significantly - only in social and
cultural anthropology this area has been neglected to a large extent.
Media anthropology is being practised mainly in two ways: as research
and as an applied science. Research is dealing with scientific reflections
on media as cultural practices and the task of the applied science is
communicating anthropology to the public. This Summer School is supposed
to reflect on media both ethnographically and theoretically. As aspects
of praxis always influence our images of science and media we have to
ask ourselves how we can dissolve universalistic discourses on media in
order to overcome ethnocentric and pessimistic viewpoints.
The aim of the program is to explore and study the social and cultural
dimensions of media and develop an anthropological approach to media
which has not been available in scientific landscape yet.
The Summer School provides an opportunity to young graduates to focus on
media anthropology and to meet some of the few experts in this field for
intensive discussions and exchange of thoughts. It is intended to be a
starting point for an international network of professionals and young
scholars on new ideas and trends in media anthropology.
The program is especially designed for postgraduate students who either
plan to work in this area of study or who have done fieldwork on this
topic respectively. In total 20 participants will be recruited from all
The teachers are renowned scholars from the USA, Australia, and Europe.
All academics have done anthropological fieldwork on media and/or have
been professionals in the media sector. Present will be: Terence Turner,
Debra Spitulnik, Mark Pedelty, Eric Hirsch, Mark Hobart, David Hakken,
Merry Bruns, Penelope Harvey, Annette Hamilton, Marie Gillespie, Fay
Ginsburg (p.c.), Michel Perrot, Tobias Wendl.
Financial aid for the tickets is available. Students who wish to apply
for travel funding should contact us. Participants will be offered free
accomodation in the Students Guest House not far from the University
Registration and Further Information
Applications must reach the project manager by 15 June 1999. An
application form is available for download at our homesite.
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