Epistemological confusions about ethnographical filming
HIRT, T. Epistemological confusions about ethnographical filming. Praha, 2016.
|Anglický název:||Epistemological confusions about ethnographical filming|
|Autoři:||Mgr. Tomáš Hirt Ph.D.|
|Abstrakt EN:||In my presentation I will address ambiguity of the term ‘ethnographic film’ as used in Czech and Slovak academia. On the one hand, that expression is used on the conceptual background of the still living descriptive ethnography (in the sense of “národopis”), on the other hand, the term ‘ethnographic film’ is simultaneously defined in the context of social and cultural anthropology where the word ’ethnography’ means participant observation as interpretative or critical enterprise. I'll illustrate the epistemological difference that exists between the two ways of use and understanding of the term on citations of the relevant texts and films and also on the notable controversy that took place in the 1960’s in connection with the film Moravian Hellas of Karel Vachek. My presentation will be guided by the intention to differentiate consistently the two traditions of ethnographic filmmaking and thinking about it. I will try to show that the ambiguity of the term ethnographic film confuses the debate on the quality, value and meaning of ethnographic films, and that it also complicates the practice of ethnographic filmmaking on the level of production, university teaching and festival screenings.|