Participatory video as a tool for anthropological research

Leading researcher: Peter Anton Zoettl
Research group: Circulation and Place-Making
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Particpatory video | Visual anthropology | Indigenous people | Immigrants | Periphery

Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BPD/64612/2009
Starting date: 01-01-10

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The project aims to experiment, and evaluate, novel strategies in ethnographic research, particularly through the use of “participatory video” (PV) as a fieldwork method. PV is used, together with more “traditional” ethnographic methods, in the study of different types of communities within the Lusophone space (Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde), seeking to foster a thorough analysis of processes of identity construction and reaffirmation. The research is comparative, using the same methodology in communities as different as second generation African immigrants in Portugal, indigenous people in Brazil and marginalized youth in Cape Verde. VP and ethnographic film, within this context, are conceptualized as alternative forms of elaborating, and representing, anthropological knowledge of the “Other”. The project thus seeks to critically evaluate the potentialities of video in areas in which “images”, in the broadest sense, hold a preeminent position within the negotiation of political and identity spaces.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub74*Jean-Yves DurandSupervisorproj28*Participatory video as a tool for anthropological researchPost-doctoral researchConcluded
pub201*Peter Anton ZoettlResearch scholarproj28*Participatory video as a tool for anthropological researchPost-doctoral researchConcluded
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