Masters Programme in Anthropology: Visual Cultures
NOVA FCSH, CRIA/NOVA FCSH
The masters programme in Anthropology: Visual Cultures privileges two main fields of research. The first concerns the use of visual materials in researching, presenting and disseminating anthropological knowledge. It focus on the development and the technical and methodological issues of the ethnographic film, on documentary as a film genre, and on photography and its strategies. Students may explore these subjects in practical workshops. The second field addresses the study of visual systems and visible culture, that is, the production of social and anthropological knowledge through the analysis of images produced by others. Assuming the constructed nature of visual representations, this masters programme proposes the updating of the relationships between anthropology and image, opening up a new agenda of interests, discussions and research around the visual cultures of contemporary societies.
The mail goals of the Masters Programme in Anthropology: Visual Cultures are:
the acquisition of skills to understand the theories and practices of producing and consuming images,
the comprehension of the methods in anthropological research that allow for a critical assessment of the visual production objectified in different historical, social and cultural contexts,
the development of critical and practical tools to analyse visual representations, researching visual forms of presenting results though documentary, ethnographic film, photographic essay, museology, etc.
Masters Programme in Anthropology: Nature and Conservation
NOVA FCSH, CRIA/NOVA FCSH
The Masters Programme in Anthropology: Nature and Conservation aims to stress the cultural and social dimensions of nature conservation, combining a theoretical approach with the study of different ethnographic contexts and different environmental issues. It lays emphasis on:
the comprehension of the anthropological approach to issues of nature and biodiversity, namely the cultural, political and economic dimensions of environmental and nature conservation dynamics,
the analysis and interpretation of the impacts of nature conservation projects in local social contexts,
the theoretical and methodological skills that enable the development and/or monitoring of nature preservation programs on an ethical and scientific basis, particularly the one related to non-human primates.
In an innovative approach within the Portuguese academic scene and in liaison with the research of the Department of Anthropology’s members and guest speakers, the programme intents to build up a critical mass in the field of nature conservation in Portuguese or foreign territories, particularly in African Portuguese-Speaking Countries (PALOP).