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Week 5 Guest Lecture with Prof Richard Baxtrom

Esseantial Viewing for the seminar session

Before meeting: If possible, please watch Lucian Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel’s Leviathan (2012) LINK HERE.


During class: I intend to show excerpts from Castaing-Taylor’s Sweetgrass (2009) and Alyssa Grossman and Selena Kimball’s film Memory Objects, Memory Dialogues (2013) in its entirety. Sweetgrass will be compared/correlated to Leviathan.


Readings for class:


Baxstrom, Richard and Todd Meyers (2018). ‘Beasts of the Land, Beasts of the Ocean: Lucian Castaing-Taylor’s Embrace of the Catastrophe,’ in Violence’s Fabled Experiment. Berlin: August Verlag. 89-126. Violence’s Fabled Experiment

Grossman, Alyssa (2014). ‘Memory Objects, Memory Dialogues: Common-Sense Experiments in Visual Anthropology.’ Experimental Film and Anthropology. Ed. Arnd Schneider and Caterina Pasqualino. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 131–146. Memory Objects, Memory Dialogues

Schneider, Arnd (2015). ‘Towards a New Hermeneutics of Art and Anthropology Collaborations’. Ethnoscripts; Anthropology and Art issue. 17:1. 23-30. Towards a New Hermeneutics of Art and Anthropology



Further Reading (suggested, not required):


Baxstrom and Meyers, Violence’s Fabled Experiment – the rest of the book.


Meyers, Todd (2022). All That Was Not Her. Durham; Duke University Press (available online via library).


Michael Pröpper’s Editorial/Intro to Ethnoscripts Art/Anthro issue, ‘Shifting patterns, zooming layers, focusing processes: Art and anthropology in a transforming and translucent world’, 5-22.


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