Media Anthropology – Introduction

Media & Visual Anthropology




Media Anthropology- Introduction

This course aims to outline the main perspectives, concepts and areas of research in contemporary media anthropology, including an introduction to current debates, key works and authors in the field. The focus is on ‘classic’ mass media such as radio, television, magazines and newspapers, but also on ICT, video and (to a lesser extent) film and small alternative media.
What is the perspective of media anthropology? We start from the assumption that media now shape the social and cultural construction of (almost) all societies worldwide. However, this process is linked to the creation of distinctive modes and experiences of media appropriation, production & reception, which are framed by local social and cultural forms, knowledge systems and power relations. Media are shaped both by global flows of information, images and technologies, and by local modes of communication, representation, remediation and symbolic expression.

Some further ressources,  social media


Temporary Padlet:

A Padlet for additional material, a collection of data and sources on Africa pertinent to the course:


 News Stand , Cotonou, Benin, 2010