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Ethnographic Filmmaking


This course can be followed as part of a BA specialisation Media and Culture.
(onderdeel van BA Culturele Antropologie en Ontwikkelingssociologie)

Admission requirements

Only students who have completed the course “Visual Methods” (formerly known as “Introductory Course to Visual Ethnography”) can apply for “Ethnographic Fimmaking”. This condition applies also to students from other Dutch universities.

A maximum of twelve (12) students can be admitted to this course. Other students can attend the lectures, but do not have access to the tutorials. Preference will be given to students of the Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University.
Financial contribution per student: € 50,-

Please see below a description of the registration procedure.


This course offers a hands-on training for the use of video by anthropologists. The course focuses on the possibilities that video recordings offer for anthropological research, as well as for the creation of ethnographic films that can be the result of such research. English is the language of tuition, unless only Dutch students are present.


Wednesdays and Fridays 14-17 h
February – May, 2011 (exact starting date will be announced)
Room 0A28 (Filmzaal), Pieter de la Court Building

Mode of instruction

Lectures, film viewings, tutorials

Assesment method

  • 7 written assignments related to literature and film-viewings

  • practical assignments resulting in an individual film-project (including conducting research, making a film-plan, filming and editing)


A detailed course programme will be published on Blackboard several weeks before the start of the course.

Reading list

  • Loizos, P. 1995. Innovation in Ethnographic Film: From Innocence to Selfconsciousness. University of Chicago Press

  • a selection of articles to be announced on Blackboard
    (a total of ca. 340 pages)


  • BA students of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Developmet Sociology of Leiden University:
    Inschrijving mogelijk van 1 december 2010 t/m 15 januari 2011 via het secretariaat CA-OS, kamer 3A19, tel. 5273469, e-mail:

  • Cultural anthropology students enrolled at other Dutch universities:
    Aanmelding mogelijk via het Secretariaat CA-OS (zie boven), maar plaatsing / inschrijving alleen bij voldoende plaats. Plaatsing geschiedt in dat geval op volgorde van aanmelding. Na 20 januari 2011 krijgen aangemelde gaststudenten een plaatsingsbericht.

  • Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply for the exchange programme.

Contact information

Drs. Steef Meyknecht, Pieter de la Bourt Building, room nr: 3A29A,