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Visual Anthropology-Publications


A (very) short introduction

Visual Anthropology & Publications


Visual Anthropology is a discipline of practice and theory. As a subfield of Cultural Anthropology it is concerned with the production of ethnographic images and the analysis of visual representations as well as its relationship to other fields of society and culture. Since his Master- and Ph.D thesis Luc Schaedler of «go between films» is involved in Visual Anthropology, both as part of his teaching at Universities and film schools, and as deep influence for his documentary films. Luc Schaedler. Visual Anthropology-Publications

«The relationship between verbal and visual forms of expression in the field of ethnography (science) are manyfold. How they be mixed, can not be categorically decided. Each situation needs its own assesment and an experimental attitude towards both. Which dosis may be prescribed, is solely a question of art.» MICHAEL OPPITZ

→ Article on «Visual Anthropology» at the University of Zurich, Switzerland
(German only)

→ University of Zurich: Visual Anthropology
(German only)


Binoculars 1930 WS

The reversal of the gaze, Eastern Tibet 1930’s


Publications of Luc Schaedler

Below you will find my Master thesis (Lizentiat), my Ph.D. thesis as well as a short selection of articles on documentary film theory, Buddhism & film and Tibet.

↓ The little differences: cross-cultural exchange in filmschools (2011)

↓ Über die Wissenschaftlichkeit von Dokumentarfilmen (2009)

↓ Ph.D.: ANGRY MONK: Literary, Historical, and Oral Sources for a Documentary Film (2007)

↓ Master: Arbeitsbericht zur Entstehung von MADE IN HONG KONG (1998)

↓ Westliche Okkupation und östliche Selbstreflexion: Buddhismus im Spielfilm (2002)

↓ Tibet: Ein Projektionsfeld Westlicher Phantasien (1994)


A scientific discourse: Critical discussion of the documentary film ANGRY MONK as a hybrid between the arts and science.

↓ American Anthropologist (2010) – Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet

↓ History & Anthropology (2008) – A critical review of «Angry Monk»

↓ Visual Anthropology (2008) – A critical review of «Angry Monk»

IIAS Newsletter (2008) – Rebel with a cause: debunking the mythical & mystical Tibet

↓ AEMS Review (2008) – A critical review of «Angry Monk»

↓ Himal Southasian (2006) – The new reasoning of Gendun Choephel

↓ Revue de l’Inde (2006) – Réflexions sur le Tibet


Here you will find a large collection of ethnographic films ↓

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Smartphone Anthropology:
A seminar in Visual Anthropology (2020)