The Leiden School of Visual Ethnography is internationally renowned for it’s integrated visual and literary approach of studying anthropological themes like material culture, rituals and techniques embedded in social worlds, non-verbal communication, and skills, on the one hand, and for the production of high quality documentaries by its students and staff in observational cinema style or in other modes that are pertinent to their approach of their subjects.

Research methods and aims have evolved over the years in step with the development of the discipline inspired by anthropologist filmmakers like Jean Rouch, Ian Dunlop, Kim Longinotto and David MacDougall. Skill training is viewed as important as theoretical and methodological proficiency and as social and ethical accountability.

Students are taught and encouraged to apply different media in different stages of their research, producing full length documentaries and/or combining text image, and sound in digital multi-media environments.

Want to have a look behind the scenes? Check the Visual Ethnography blogs at our Leiden Anthropology Blog: