Kevin Anderson

S320 Integrative Learning Center
Fall 2015 office hours: TuTh 9:30-11:15 & by appt.
413 545-1311 (leave message)

My research traverses the fields of film studies and anthropology, particularly along the lines of the social aesthetics and phenomenology of technology and the body.  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, Ireland, Nigeria, Italy, and India.


PhD, University of Massachusetts

Courses Taught: 

History of American Film; Cinematic Bodies in Cross-Cultural Perspective; Experimental Film and Video; Visuam Communication; Intermediate Video Production


2015, Optimal Experience and Blockbuster Cinema, Journal of Media Economics (under review, 30 pgs).

2013, Altered States of Embodiment and the Social Aesthetics of Acupuncture, Journal of Alternative and Integrative Medicine 2:112.

2010, Holistic Medicine Not "Torture": Performing Acupuncture in Galway, Ireland, Medical Anthropology 29.3, 1-25

2009, Tickling and Teasing the Real: Mocking Reality TV in the film Series 7, Post Script, 28(3):108--122

2006, Joris Ivens' 400 Million, Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film, ed. Ian Aitken.  New York and London (3 pgs.)

2004, Toward an Anarchy of Imagery: Questioning the Categorization of Films as 'Ethnographic'.  Journal of Film and Video 55(2-3)

2003, Finding the Essential: A Phenomenological Look at Hal Hartley's No Such Thing.  Film and Philosophy, Vol. VII, Pp. 77-91

2003, The Blues According to Wim.  Afterimage, Nov/Dec.

1999, Ethnographic Hypermedia: Transcending Thick Descriptions (22 pgs.) Web site on Transcultural Image and Visual Anthropology, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Current Projects: 

I am currently in post-production on a documentary film called Layers of Pompeii, which deals with the multiple interpretations and functions of the archaeological site and tourist industry in Pompeii, Italy.  My previous film, Tokunbo, deals with issues of class, ethnicity, and entrepreneurship in the used car industry in Lagos, Nigeria and has been shown at multiple conferences around the country.  I will be traveling to Varanasi, India this spring to continue shooting a documentary on traditional Indian sitar music.  I am also co-author of a study on the impact special effects have on Hollywood blockbusters