Side Programme 2016


KEYNOTE | Prof. Dr. Shalini Randeria | Social Anthropologist | Institute for Human Sciences | Austria


Shalini Randeria, professor for ethnology and sociology at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, as well as director for the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, focuses in her keynote speech on the role of anthropology as a social science in times of changes: What, if anything, is specific to anthropological knowledge production today? And whom is it for? The lecture will delineate some important changes in the practice of anthropology as a discipline with regard to the object of its enquiry and its methods. It will also reflect on the variety of publics to which anthropological knowledge is being addressed. It will ask about its contemporary relevance while examining its critical function as anthropologists jostle for space, journalists, and activists.

MASTERCLASS 1 | Jakob Brossmann | Filmmaker | Austria


In this masterclass, Jakob Brossmann offers unique insights into his work as a filmmaker and touches upon essential themes and questions concerning documentary filmmaking. From the very first idea to the shooting itself, observational cinema unfolds an unpredictable and rather strong force, which allows as much magic to happen between all participants as it contains dangers and uncertainties. Brossmann himself just recently had the opportunity to learn a lot about its “laws” during his shoot of the award-winningLampedusa im Winter. Together with the participants of the masterclass, he will create a lively dialogue about experiences and processes of documentary filmmaking and will explain his approaches and strategies. 

MASTERCLASS 2 | Jacob Brossmann & Stefania Schenk | Filmmaker and Translator/Interpreter | Austria


Stefania Schenk and Jakob Brossmann examine the challenges of subtitling, which plays an important yet often underestimated role in documentary filmmaking. The medium and the content create a huge task for the translator, which can only be accomplished if translational and filmic approaches complement each other. This masterclass is not only interesting for filmmakers but for everyone who wants to know more about an element of documentary filmmaking, which is almost omnipresent, yet often only recognized if faulty, disruptive or incoherent.


Chances and obstacles of anthropology as an applied and public-oriented science

In which ways do anthropologists and filmmakers contribute to relevant contemporary questions of our society? Is it at all the responsibility of scientists to interfere or even create public discourses? And if so, are movies an adequate medium to make scientific insights applicable and accessible to a wider public? Where did the separation of science and art come from and how does the combination of the two fields work today – especially with a focus on ethnographic documentary? 

These and other questions will be discussed in our panel discussion, which will complement the Shalini Randeria’s keynote speech on applied anthropology and social anthropology. Together we will discuss the role of the anthropology and its contribution to contemporary public discourses. Our focus is based on film as an anthropological form of expression and communication medium reaching a public both inside and beyond an academic sphere.

Dr.inUlrike Davis-Sulikowski (University of Vienna)
Dr. Andrew Irving (University of Manchester)
Dr. Christopher Wright (Goldsmiths, University of London)


Film meets poetry – inspired by four short films, poets from the poetry slam genre reflect upon the topics on screen. Associatively they develop their literary texts, which are not film reviews, but rather add another layer to the possible points of view and ways of interpretation for the audience. By bridging the images in motion with lyric presentations, the evening generates thought-provoking impulses. An open discussion with the attendant filmmakers will follow. 

Poets: Avus Saliva (Hotel der Diktatoren), Alice Reichmann (EOHA), Christian „Schreibi“ Schreibmüller (Minor Border), Valentin Feichtenschlager (Transition Blu)

Moderated by Diana Köhle (Slam B & Tagebuch Slam)

INSTALLATION & TALK | Prof. Dr. Andrew Irving | University of Manchester

Prof. Andrew Irving from the University of Manchester (GB) finds unique approaches to enter the lives of strangers: Together with his team he creates a public performance, which allows him to dive deep into the private life of people he meets on the streets of Vienna. Those unsuspected insights into the human psyche will be presented as a firework of creativity and psychological delicacy, in which he addresses main approaches in anthropological method and philosophical thinking. A new and entertaining face to applied anthropology you should not miss!



Food connects and fascinates – as it always did. Not only the complex and wide-ranging cultural feat of its preparation, but also the social elements of its consumption and distribution have always been analysed byscientists. The extent to which the view through the camera has changed focus on the research subjects and what that explains about each context’swill be clarified through unique and humorous film clips.

In cooperation with Technisches Museum Wien [Vienna Technical Museum] and with discussions from experts on film studies and anthropology we proudly present selected findings from the collection of the Österreichisches Bundesministerium für den Wissenschaftlichen Film [Austrian Ministry of Scientific Film] (ÖWS). The well-preserved and remastered Austrian Media Center collection includes a unique resource catalogue of the historic ethnographic and ethnologic scientific films in Austria. More than 300 of these rare film documents are available online on their homepage Among others, the first film recordings of anthropologist Rudolf Pöch’s research from 1905. Join us on a journey through the history of films and its relevance for science! A venture well worth the experience!


Rudolf Pöch | South Afrcia 1959 | 6 Min.
Buschmänner in der Kalahari (1907 – 1909) (1959, 6 Min.)
Rudolf Pöch | Neuguinea 1958 | 2 Min. Neuguinea (1958, 2 Min.)
Walter Dostal | Kuwait 1956 | 6 Min. (Excerpt)
Die Beduinen in Arabien (1956, 6 Min.)
Elfriede Lies | Austria 1968 | 8 Min.
Bäuerliche Speisenzubereitung – Kärntner Nudeln (1968, 8 Min.)
Elfriede Lies | Austria 1968 | 11 Min.
Bäuerliches Abendessen (1968, 11 Min.)
Olaf Bockshorn und Lisa Nopp | Austria 1990 | 6 Min. (Excerpt)
… und nåcha fång i ån mit da Årbeit (1990, 6 Min.)


Wrong translation of the protagonists, didn’t press the record button, or picked up by the police while shooting? The filmwork slam provides space for entertaining stories of film production and a creative exchange of experiences in a laid-back and humorous atmosphere. The event is a special experiment and competition in which national and international filmmakers can give poetry slam a try: skilfully convincing the audience with anecdotes from their own wealth of experiences. Those who dare sharing their bloopers and flukes, will not only win favour, but the loudest applause, which determines the winner of the evening. An unprecedented combination in Austria and a refreshing way to meet outstanding documentary filmmakers.

Participants: filmmakers of ethnocineca 2016 

Moderated by Diana Köhle (Slam B & Tagebuch Slam) 


The winners of the five award categories IDA, EVA, ADA, ISA and ESSA, will be announced within a festive setting.