The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Innovating the Narrative of Visual Ethnography

Joint Research Coordinator KAWASE Itsushi

Reserch Theme List


Visual Ethnography, narrative, innovation


In recent years, international academic exchanges focused on ethnographic film festivals but also subsuming media art and the film industry have flourished worldwide, giving birth to new currents of theoretical debate in anthropology. The goal of this project is, by examining the intersections of anthropology, film and art seen in these international movements, to expand the horizons of creative expression as a record and representation of culture, both theoretically and practically. This research will analyze the research trends that distinguish schools of visual anthropology and will examine from a methodological perspective the potential of anthropological citation in art and film. Members of this joint research project will produce ethnographic films, report on musical and photographic installations, create a new narrative for visual ethnography through their discussion, and develop proposals concerning the academic potential of this type of research for anthropology and neighboring fields.