ANTH 469 C: Special Studies in Anthropology

Meeting Time: 
F 2:30pm - 5:20pm
Location: 
BAG 108
SLN: 
10319
Instructor:
Ann S. Anagnost

Syllabus Description:

Instructor: Professor Ann Anagnost 

Contact: 206 543-7693, but you will have better luck contacting me via email: anagnost@u.washington.edu

Instructor Office Hours: M,W 4:30-5:20. 

Class Time and Place: Friday, 2:30-5:20, BAG 108

Course Objectives:

This course combines critical analysis of the role of contemporary documentary film in food politics with hands-on learning in making a short cell phone movie that delivers a message about our contemporary food system. We will focus specifically on the rhetorical power of film to mobilize support for food change. What makes an effective film in terms of its ability to convey its message responsibly and engage viewers? Learning goals encompass both learning about the industrial food system and food change movements as well as how to convey our knowledge and passion for these issues to others through the medium of film. 

Book on Order (University Bookstore):

  • Louise Spence and Vinicius Navarro, Crafting Truth: Documentary Form and Meaning. Rutgers U. Press, 2011.

Shorter Readings:

  • W.J.T. Mitchell, "Representation." In Critical Terms for Literary Study, Frank Lentricchia and Thomas McLaughlin,eds. U. Chicago Press, 1990,
  • James H. Kavanaugh, "Ideology." In Critical Terms for Literary Study, Frank Lentricchia and Thomas McLaughlin,eds. U. Chicago Press, 1990, pp. 306-320.
  • Laura Lindenfeld, "Digging Down to the Roots: On the Radical Potential of Documentary Food Films." Radical History Review 110 (Spring 2011): 155-160.
  • Brian Ott, “The Visceral Politics of V for Vendetta: On Political Affect in Cinema.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 27 (2010), 1: 39-54.
  • Jennifer M. Barker, "Chew on This: Disgust, Delay, and the Documentary Image in Food, Inc." Film Philosophy 15,2 (2011): 70-89.
  • Ryanne Pilgeram and Russell Meeuf, "Good Food, Good Intentions: Where Pro-Sustainability Arguments Get Stale in US Food Documentaries." Environmental Communication 9,1(2015): 100-117.

Course Requirements:

  • Essay Assignment (five pages): 20 points
  • Four Film Discussions (2 pages): 20 points (5 points each)
  • Project Proposal (Due January 26): Define topic and research plan.
  • First Progress Report (Due Feb 9): Visit project site, identify and contact possible interviewees, sketch thematic/narrative/interview questions, determine format (film/slides/powerpoint), map out division of labor and your contribution to the group.
  • Second Progress Report (Due Feb 23): Provide update on progress in production, identify any problems or challenges or changes of plan.
  • Visual Project and 5 page Written Commentary (25 points each, for a total of 50 points)
  • Participation (10 points)

 

Tentative Class Schedule

***This class is three hours long, not two hours as listed in the time schedule. We need the extra hour to allow for viewing feature-length documentary films and for project time.

1/5:     Introduction

Film Viewing:

Project Development:

  • Brainstorming topics.
  • Skills survey.

1/12:   Critical Terms: Representation and Ideology

Readings:

  • J.T. Mitchell, “Representation,”
  • James H. Kavanaugh, “Ideology,” pp. 306-320.

Film Viewing:

Project Development:

  • Forming project teams.
  • Developing topics.
  • Formulating next steps
  • Researching and setting up contacts with individuals or organizations.
  • Skills sharing and allocation.

1/19:   Critical Perspectives on Food, Inc. and Fresh

Readings:

  • Lindenfeld
  • Spence and Navarro, Crafting Truth, (pp 1-112 )

Project Development:

  • Visualizing your project: storyboarding.
  • What kind of footage do you need?
  • Sound check with lapel microphones.

1/26:   Showing without Telling

Readings:

  • Spence and Navarro, Crafting Truth (pp. 113-212 )

Film Viewing:

  • Our Daily Bread (2005, 92 minutes)

Project Development

  • Team Meetings

Film Proposals Due 

First Paper Due

2/2:     The Affective Power of Film

Readings:

  • Spence and Navarro (pp. 213-264)
  • Brian Ott, “The Visceral Politics of V for Vendetta: On Political Affect in Cinema” (pp. 39-54)

Film Viewing :

  • Fast Food Nation

Project Development

  • Team Meetings

Film Discussion for Our Daily Bread Due

2/9:    The Power of Community

Readings:

  • Ryanne Pilgeram and Russell Meeuf, "Good Food, Good Intentions: Where Pro-Sustainability Arguments Get Stale in US Food Documentaries." Environmental Communication 9,1(2015): 100-117.

Film Viewing:

  • The Garden (dir. Scott Hamilton Kennedy, 2008): This film is available online through the UW LIbrary Portal.

Project Development

  • Team Meetings

Progress Report Due     

Film Discussion for Fast Food Nation Due: We will work on these and submit them during class. 

2/16:   Project Development Time in Classroom.

2/23:   Hungry Nation

Readings: None

Film Showing:

  • A Place at the Table

Project Development

  • Team Meetings

Second Progress Report Due

Film Discussion for The Garden Due   

3/2:     Rough Cut Workshop (Note that we will be meeting in OTB 014 for this day only)

Film Discussion for A Place at the Table Due   

3/9:     Student Film Showcase and Discussion

 

3/13: Films and Final Project Statement Due

 

Catalog Description: 
Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or related problems in anthropology. Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 22, 2018 - 9:10pm