Respecting Reef Moments. A longitudinal ethnographic film project in the Solomon Islands
Professor Peter I. Crawford, Department of Archaeology and Social Anthropology, The Arctic University of Norway, will present “Respecting Reef Moments. A longitudinal ethnographic film project in the Solomon Islands”.
While the vast majority of documentary films are made with large crews over a very short period of time, many ethnographic films are made by one person, the anthropologist cum filmmaker, sometimes working with a camera person, and usually over longer periods of time. This may be one of the reasons why Paul Henley has argued that what ethnographic film is particularly good at is to represent fieldwork. A pioneering example of this was the work of John Marshall, who lived, worked and filmed among the Ju!Hoansi so-called bushmen in the Kalahari Desert for more than fifty years. Using examples from the long-term Reef Islands Ethnographic Film Project this presentation will focus on the pros and cons of such longitudinal work, raising also awkward questions regarding the relationship between cinema and anthropology, a relationship often praised for its ability to add new, more sensorial, dimensions to anthropological enquiry, but may it also at times take on the characteristics of strange bedfellows?
The presentation will be accompanied by film clips from the long-term project and, if time permits, the screening of a new film, Paualala, on the production of giant clam meat on the tiny coral atoll of Pileni.
For more details about Peter I. Crawford's academic work, please visit his page at The Arctic University of Norway
Time: Thursday 12 October, 3-5 PM, followed by drinks and snacks in the lunch room.
Venue: G335, Paradisgatan 5