The 04 Nov 2016

Ethnology in images: collect, classify, publish

Ethnographic photographs and drawings in museum collections and publications, 1920-1950

The project aims to allow researchers from different disciplines to compare their work on distinct national anthropological traditions: French, British, American and Russian in particular.

 The conference takes a comparative approach in order to better understand what could demonstrate the emergence of distinct national traditions or, on the contrary, a relative and uniform circulation in visual practices and uses of images.

Two key and distinct moments in the relationship between anthropology and images will be addressed over two study days: on the one hand in the field, and on the other hand post-field. The first section will provide an opportunity to look at the visual experience in the field. The question of instructions and photographic methods will be explored as a priority, examining the way in which ethnologists have adopted these. The problem of the sources - for the most part incomplete -, available today to study this question will also be considered.

The second day will focus on what becomes of these images post-field, from an ethnologist and institutional point of view, questioning the role of images in publications, and thus the relationship forged between the scholar and their visual production. The creation of photographic and visual collections, both private and public, will also be studied in order to highlight the way in which anthropology has been established alongside images and how it has partly built its legitimacy on these bodies of images.


The Department of Research and Education at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Université Paris VIII and Université Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris 1

  • Scientific Committee

    • Camille Joseph (Université Paris VIII)
    • Anaïs Mauuarin (Université Paris I)
    • Frédéric Keck (Department of Research and Education at the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac)
    • Jessica De Largy Healy (Department of Research and Education at the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac)
  • Place:   Salle de cinéma
  • TimeSlots:
    The Friday 04 November 2016 from 09:30 to 18:30
  • Accessibility:
    • Handicap moteur
  • Public:   Researcher, student
  • Categorie : Symposia
  • Free entry (subject to available places)
    Gratuit (dans la limite des places disponibles)