Ecography: anthropological films and climate change

Master Class by Pavel Borecký (Univeristy of Bern)

ethnocineca FILM TALK | VVAL & VSP Master Class series on “New media practices for social research”, the session takes place on Wednesday 12.5.2021, 15:00

Ethnocineca, the Visual Studies Platform (VSP) at the Central European University, and the Vienna Visual Anthropology Lab (VVAL) of the University of Vienna invite you to a Film Talk by anthropologist-filmmaker Pavel Borecký about the relations between film, anthropology, and climate activism. Session hosted jointly at the VSP/VVAL Master Class Series and the ethnocineca international documentary film festival Viennna.

Master Class by Pavel Borecký, 12 May 2021

Pavel Borecký is a PhD candidate in Visual Anthropology at the University of Bern. He conducts research on water infrastructure in Wadi Rum in Jordan, a region affected by climate change, agricultural transformation and urbanization, and growing conflicts over water shortages. In this research, he employs a more-than-human storytelling approach, inspired by the Sensory Ethnography Lab, to expose the vulnerability of existence and process environmental grief.

In this joint ethnocineca Film Talk / VVAL & VSP Master Class, Borecký will discuss the challenges and questions that emerge when doing ethnographic research into ecological issues - “ecography”, as Borecký calls it. How best to intervene in climate action? Sharing scenes from his film “Living Water” (2021), Borecký will provocatively argue that, to take the ethical implications of Nature/Culture debate seriously, ethnographic filmmakers should urgently initiate a new crisis of representation and offer a collective storytelling response.

The film LIVING WATER can be seen in the online programme of ethnocineca (Thursday 6th of May – Thursday 13th of May 2021).

For more information see the original page:

Living Water by Pavel Borecký | Tschechien, Schweiz, Jordanien 2020 | 77 Min. | OmeU

Master Class series:

New media practices for social research

Following the CEU’s move to Vienna, the Vienna Visual Anthropology Lab (VVAL) of the University of Vienna joined force with the Visual Studies Platform (VSP) of the Central European University to initiate a series of online master classes on NEW MEDIA PRACTICES FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH. The series brings students and staff from both institutes together with international experts to deepen exchange and reflection on key themes discussed in current Master courses on visual and multimodal anthropology. The sessions include lectures, screenings, and workshops to offer participants new ways of conceptualizing as well as practicing research.

January 2021

Decolonizing multimodal anthropology and the politics of collaboration

March 2021

Toward sonic ethnography?

May 2021

Ecography: anthropological films and climate change

November 2021

Participatory digital ethnography