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/ / / / Atelier: Art + Anthropology

MA CAT will incorporate our new course Art + Anthropology (20 Credits) programmed by Atelier: Making Research Material. This experimental course explores and develops the convergence of the anthropological turn in contemporary art practices with the visual, material and practice turns in social anthropology with the aim of fostering a new art+anthropology interdiscipline. The course is the first of its in kind in the world and we hope it will trailblaze a range of new poststudio practices and anthropological research methods.

A growing range of research and teaching activity across the University of Edinburgh sees an overlap between the arts, social sciences and other disciplines within the humanities. The Atelier Network is the central point for promoting and facilitating existing and new forms of slow interdisciplinarity across the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and beyond.

The Atelier Network brings together researchers, practitioners, teachers and learners in Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and the School of Social and Political Science (SSPS) at The University of Edinburgh. In doing so, it also brings us closer to external partners, including museums, galleries and collectives across the city.

Atelier’s Art + Anthropology course will engage you with the anthropological and ethnographic turns in artistic practice and the practice turn in social and visual anthropology, foregrounding 20th and 21st century case studies wherein art + anthropology have become enmeshed. You will participate in collaborative practices and approaches that combine artistic and anthropological research methods. You will learn how to work on an innovative research project that is informed by anthropological research and contemporary artistic practice.

Learn more about Atelier here…….

Further reading:

Williams, Drid. 2008. “Contemporary Art and Anthropology: Schneider, Arnd, and Christopher Wright, Eds. Contemporary Art and Anthropology. Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2005, 330 Pp.; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, 223 Pp.; Hdbd. and Pbk.” Visual Anthropology 21 (5): 429–39.

Ramey, Kathryn. 2011. “Between Art and Anthropology: Contemporary Ethnographic Practice.” Visual Studies 26 (3): 271–72.

Marcus, G.E. 2008. “Contemporary Fieldwork Aesthetics in Art and Anthropology: Experiments in Collaboration and Intervention.” In Ethnographica Moralia: Experiments in Interpretive Anthropology, by G.E. Marcus, 29–44. Fordham University Press.

Liddiard, Mark, Harrie Leyton, and Bibi Damen. 1995. “Art, Anthropology and the Modes of Re-Presentation: Museums and Contemporary Non-Western Art.” Edited by Mark (review author) Liddiard. Ethnic and Racial Studies 18 (2): 422–23.

Strohm, Kiven. 2012. “When Anthropology Meets Contemporary Art: Notes for a Politics of Collaboration.” Collaborative Anthropologies 5 (1): 98–124.

Fillitz, Thomas, and Paul Van Der Grijp. 2018. An Anthropology of Contemporary Art: Practices, Markets, and Collectors. Bloomsbury.

Colwell, Chip. 2015. “Curating Secrets.” Current Anthropology 56 (S12): S263–S275.


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