Kevin Anderson

Kevin T. Anderson

Lecturer

S320 Integrative Learning Center

Fall 2014 office hours: Th 1:30-3 & by appt.

(413) 545-1311

kta@anthro.umass.edu

Interests:

My research traverses the fields of film studies and anthropology, particularly along the lines of social aesthetics, phenomenology, and the body. One piece compares how claims of "factuality" and "truth" are made in Reality TV and Mockumentary film; in another I question that categorization of films as "ethnographic," demonstrating various ways we can read all manner of film for their anthropological qualities. My work has appeared in PostScript, Journal of Film and Video, Film and Philosophy, AfterImage, and Medical Anthropology. My film projects have taken me to Ethiopia, Japan, and Ireland.

Education:

PhD, University of Massachusetts

Courses Taught:

History of American Film; Cinematic Bodies in Cross-Cultural Perspective; Avant-Garde Film; Visual Ethnography (anthro); Culture Through Film (anthro); and Medical Anthropology (anthro).

Projects:

I am currently in post-production of a documentary film on the cultural symbolism of the automobile in Lagos, Nigeria. I am also knee-deep into a collaborative research project on Film Remakes and Optimal Experience at the Cinema, and have been producing film review podcasts with a colleague at Hampshire College.

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