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Join world-renowned ethnographic filmmaker David MacDougall and British ethnographer, researcher and author Sarah Pink as we explore ethnographic film practices.
David MacDougall is an ethnographic filmmaker and writer on visual anthropology and documentary cinema. His first film, To Live with Herds won the Grand Prix Venezia Genti at the Venice Film Festival in 1972. Soon after, he and wife Judith produced the Turkana Conversations trilogy of films on semi-nomadic camel herders of northwestern Kenya. Of these, Lorang’s Way won first prize at Cinéma du Réel in Paris in 1979, and The Wedding Camels, the Film Prize of the Royal Anthropological Institute in 1980.
David is currently working on a long-term, comparative research project on institutions for children in India, which so far includes work on an elite boarding school for boys in North India, a progressive co-educational school in South India, and a combined juvenile detention centre/shelter for homeless children in New Delhi.
Professor Sarah Pink’s research links theoretical and methodological scholarship with applied practice. She works across themes including digital media, everyday life, sustainability, health and safety and the construction industry. She researches across urban, domestic and workplace environments.
Her work is often developed through collaborations across design, engineering and arts disciplines where she brings social and cultural research expertise. She pursues her own theoretical and methodological agenda focusing on media, technologies, ways of knowing and situated processes of change and intervention.
Sarah is a global authority on digital visual and sensory ethnography methodologies and is co-located in the Design Research Institute, connecting with the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in the School of Media and Communication. She joined RMIT in 2012 from Loughborough University (UK), where she holds a part time Professorship of Social Sciences and is a co-investigator, leading the ethnographic strands of two projects.