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USC Center for Visual Anthropology

The USC Center for Visual Anthropology (CVA) is a center located at the University of Southern California. It is dedicated to the field of visual anthropology, incorporating visual modes of expression in the academic discipline of anthropology. It does so in conjunction with faculty in the anthropology department through five types of activities: training, research and analysis of visual culture, production of visual projects, archiving and collecting, and the sponsorship of conferences and film festivals. It offers a B.A. [1] and an MVA[2] in Visual Anthropology.


The CVA was founded and directed by Ira Abrams[3][4] in collaboration with Barbara Myerhoff.[5] Tim Asch took over as director of the CVA in 1983. In 1984, he collaborated with the USC School of Cinematic Arts to create the MAVA degree (Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology), a 2-3 year terminal Masters program unique in its emphasis on both textual and visual media (film and photography) as components of an academically grounded research project.[5] Asch served as director of the CVA until his death in 1994. In 2001, the MAVA program was merged into a Certificate in Visual Anthropology given alongside the Ph.D. in Anthropology. For a number of years, the CVA served as the west coast venue for the Margaret Mead Film Festival.[6][7]

See also


  1. ^ Antropology: Undergraduate Degree Programs
  2. ^ Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology
  3. ^ The Professionalization of Visual Anthropology in the United States - The 1960s and 1970s
  4. ^ Faculty Bios
  5. ^ a b Legends Asch and Myerhoff Inspire A New Generation of Visual Anthropologists > News > USC College
  6. ^ Center for Visual Anthropology: USC Department of Anthropology
  7. ^ Filming Culture: Nigeria, Korea And Beyond Margaret Mead Ethnographic Film Festival Travels To The University, Bringing Two Videos By Usc Visual Anthropology Graduates

Further reading

  • "Center for Visual Anthropology Established on USC Campus." Los Angeles Times, December 19, 1978: F20, Section IV.
  • Andrews, Susan. "Legends Asch and Myerhoff Inspire a New Generation of Visual Anthropologists". Daily Trojan, 2009.
  • Barbash, Ilisa and Lucien Taylor. Cross-cultural Filmmaking: A Handbook for Making Documentary and Ethnographic Films and Videos. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
  • Japenga, Ann. "Visual Anthropologist in the Director's Chair." Los Angeles Times, June 17, 1987: Section 5, page 1.
  • Ruby, Jay. "Out of Sync: The Cinema of Tim Asch." In Picturing Culture: Essays on Film and Anthropology, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

External links

  • Official website
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