Ethnographic film at the crossroads

Varvantakis, Christos. 2021. Ethnographic film at the crossroads. Allegra Lab, ISSN 2343-0168 [Article]

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In this essay I sketch the current state of the ethnographic film production and circulation. What happens with this great number of films and to this amazing and unique body of knowledge that is being produced today? I demonstrate how the production of films has overrun the affordances of the existing platforms for its screening and circulation, and argue that this is not just a technical but also a significant ethical issue. This essay closes with some reflections on how facing this issue, particularly in the light of recent developments and affordances of digital and online infrastructures, should be a collective endeavour.

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crisis, knowledge, technology, media, publishing, infrastructure, academia

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June 2021Accepted
29 July 2021Published

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02 Aug 2021 08:44

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02 Aug 2021 08:46

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