Jacqueline Maingard

Reader in Film, University of Bristol.

Jacqueline Maingard joined the University of Bristol in 1998, having taught film and television at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg for ten years prior to that. She is a graduate of both the Arts and the Social Sciences. I completed a Bachelor of Social Science and qualified as a social worker at the University of Natal, Durban in 1973. I subsequently graduated with a Social Science Honours degree. This was followed by a shift into film studies, first by completing a BA in Dramatic Art at Wits University, then completing an MA by research in 1988 with a dissertation on Community Film in South Africa as a Mode of Emergent Cultural Production. She graduated with a PhD from Wits University in 1998 with a thesis on Strategies of Representation in Anti-apartheid Documentary Film and Video from 1976 to 1995.  She has a wide range of work experience, primarily in education, especially HIgher Education in South Africa and the UK, but also in community-based, Non-Governmental and anti-apartheid organisations in South Africa.

Paul Hockings

PAUL HOCKINGS is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, and also Editor-in-Chief of Visual Anthropology(Routledge). He has studied anthropology and archaeology at the Universities of Sydney, Toronto, Chicago, Stanford and California (Berkeley). He has published a dozen books on Indian topics, and over 200 articles, as well as editing Principles of Visual Anthropology and four anthropological encyclopaedias, and producing several documentary films. He has now been working with the Badaga people of the Nilgiri Hills in south India for over half a century. His latest book (2013) is So Long a Saga: Four Centuries of Badaga Social History.

The 70-minute film called The Village, which he and Mark McCarty made in 1968, was arguably the first ethnographic film to be completed in the style that quickly became known as Observational Cinema. It is marked by a complete lack of commentary, and is bilingual, in English and Gaelic. The film, which presents a general ethnography of one coastal village in the maritime peasant society of western Ireland, forms a marked contrast with Man of Aran, which Robert Flaherty made in 1934 in the same subculture.

Angela Torresan

Lecturer in Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester.

Angle received her Masters in Social Anthropology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Museu Nacional (1994) and her PhD in Social Anthroplogy and Visual Media from the University of Manchester (2004). Prior to starting her lectureship appointment in Manchester in 2007 I took a two-year Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Prodoc). Regional specialisation: Brazil and Portugal.