Digital research platforms in Visual and Media Anthropology
Revising existing formats of the visual essay in Anthropological writing and developing new methodological approaches, the study and representation of ethnographic multi-media and text-based material on digital platforms provide new synergies but also challenges for students and scholars working at the nexus between Anthropology and the field of Digital Humanities. According to a new teaching format applying the annotation of images and videos, non-linear narrations and interlinks between diverse materials and data, this paper will critically discuss research and writing experiences with scientific image-databases and digital platforms. The result of this technique-based methodology is a visual essay format consistent of various narrations that the reader can chose individually. These different ways of elaborating multiple ethnographic material and liberating from a linear narration, allow the ethnographer to hand over some authority to the reader, but provide also intense insights into the particular subject of study.