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Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology

In 2007, the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology celebrates the 20th anniversary of its foundation. Amongst other activities, it will do so through hosting the 10th RAI Film Festival.

The Granada Centre forms part of discipline area of Social Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester. It is internationally recognized for its practice-based approach to research and teaching in Visual Anthropology and runs a number of successful postgraduate programmes at MA, MPhil and PhD levels.

Every year, the Centre produces 12-15 student graduation films shot all over the world.

For further details, please visit the Granada Centre website

Granada Television

The Granada Centre was established in 1987 with the aid of contributory funding from Granada Television, a once-regional company that produced the long-running television series, Disappearing World. Granada Television has now become part of the largest commercial broadcast company in the UK, Independent Television and the Disappearing World series itself disappeared in 1993. But the company continues to support the Centre for Visual Anthropology.

ITV Granada also sponsor the Forman Lecture, named after Sir Denis Forman, former Chairman of Granada Television and self-confessed admirer of ethnographic film who first gave the green light to the making of the Disappearing World series in 1969. The Lecture has been given on an (almost) annual basis since 1988 by a distinguished film-maker working in anthropology or a related field of social documentary.

Other Links

Although still closely linked with Granada Television, the Centre for Visual Anthropology has built many other ties with the television industry, particularly the independent sector that services Channel 4, BBC2 and BBC4. Many former students have gone on to work in this area of media production.

The Granada Centre also plays a leading role in the international academic network of visual anthropology. On two previous occasions, it acted as the host of the International Ethnographic Film Festival of the Royal Anthropological Institute (1990 & 1992). Granada Centre staff have given seminars and film-screenings or run workshops all over Europe as well as further afield, including Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Malawi, Singapore, South Africa and Venezuela. The Centre also advised on the establishment of the East Asia Institute of Visual Anthropology in Kunming, Yunnan in the People’s Republic of China.


From the Making of an Englishman to the Last King of Scotland

Kevin MacDonald In Conversation

Opening Night - Wed 27 June

Castaways Projects

On Sunday 1st of July, the author Caryl Phillips will do a reading and take part in a lunchtime discussion with anthropologist Steven Feld and the artist Virginia Ryan, about their exhibition 'Castaways' which is being staged at the Whitworth art gallery. Read more

Film Festival Programme!

The Film Festival programme is now available online! Visit the programme page for details!

Beyond Text Conference

Conference Programme and Timetable Now Online! Visit the conference page for details!

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