Anne Sofie Møller Askholm
Anne Sofie M. Askholm is a visual anthropologist and PhD fellow at Aalborg University Copenhagen. Her project concerns the relation between ethics, everyday practices of energy consumption, and ways of practicing sustainability. She has a BA in religion and anthropology, and a MA in visual anthropology from Aarhus University, Denmark, and she has studied photography and film at Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art Photography. Her research interests cover human-environment-climate relations, the Anthropocene, and politics, power and (in)equality related to environment and consumption as well as visual ethnographic methods and documentary filmmaking.
Educated in visual anthropology, Armina thrives at the junction between academic curiosity and pragmatic sensibility. In her undergrad and masters, most of her research has focused on digital anthropology and encounters with non-humans (huldufólk in Iceland, or therapy horses in the US). As a grown-up, by day, she works with user research in tech environments and organises the Copenhagen-based anthropological film festival Sjón. By night, she dreams of multispecies ethnography. The remainder of her free time is spent on projects making sustainability more accessible.
Anne Chahine is a PhD candidate in the Anthropology department at Aarhus University in Denmark with an interest in visual and multimodal anthropology. She is a research fellow at POEM (Participatory Memory Practices), a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. Her work focuses on memory, future anthropology, historicity, sensorial methods, and collaborative approaches to knowledge production. As part of her PhD project, she developed the virtual exhibition space The Future Memory Collection, exploring future-oriented narratives together with young people from Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland).
Christian Suhr is a filmmaker, associate professor, and coordinator of the Eye & Mind MSc-Track of Visual Anthropology at Aarhus University. His research has focused on invisible spirits, psychiatric illnesses, demonic and divine forces, and how film can be used to approach unseen dimensions of human life. He has explored these topics during fieldwork projects in Egypt, Papua New Guinea, and Denmark. In the coming five years he will as PI dedicate his time to the ERC-project: “Heart Openings: The Experience and Cultivation of Love in Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam”.
Christos Varvantakis is a social anthropologist working at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research focuses on childhood, politics, urban cultures, and archives, as well as on visual and multimodal research methodologies in the social sciences. He is the head of programming of the Athens Ethnographic Film Festival and co-editor of the journal entanglements: experiments in multimodal ethnography.
History of NAFA
NAFA, the Nordic Anthropological Film Association, is an organization focused on anthropological documentary film that promotes the use and usability of anthropological films/documentaries.
NAFA is an organization for cooperation within the field of visual anthropology and has been active since the mid-1970s. The institutional membership is primarily made up of social anthropological institutions and ethnographic museums in the Nordic countries, plus several regional colleges and media schools. NAFA also has a growing number of individual members in the northern countries and around the world.
One of NAFA`s most important tasks has been to build up an anthropological film collection; for use in teaching and research; a unique collection of classic and more recent ethnographic films, which is matched only by a few of the world’s most important and largest ethnographic film collections.
NAFA also arranges an annual International Film Festival and Conference where ethnographic films are shown and discussed with a large audience.
In 2017, NAFA has launched the Journal of Anthropological Film (JAF), a peer-reviewed journal that publishes films that stand alone as original, empirical contributions based on social anthropological research.
You can read more about NAFA’s history from founding member Peter Crawford: Crawford, P. I. (2017), ‘The Nordic Eye Revisited. NAFA, 1975 to 2015’, In: Vallejo, A. and M. P. Peirano (eds.), Film Festivals and Anthropology, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 179-191. (Access to Russian translation here)
NAFA Book Series
NAFA publishes the NAFA Book Series in cooperation with Intervention Press. Often, the books are based on proceedings from thematic conferences forming part of the annual ethnographic film festivals. The books are available here: www.intervention.dk. NAFA members are eligible for a 20 % discount.
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