August 21, 2011
Homelessness is a key social issue in Canterbury, one that has become more serious as a result of the recession. Some of our students have either worked or volunteered for local organisations working on the issue. Others have engaged with homelessness in written or video projects. See for example Becca Toop’s project ‘Homeless but not Helpless‘ and Vanessa Maire and John Ireland’s project ‘Counting Down‘. We’re happy to announce that we have built a strong relationship with Porchlight, one of the key NGOs working on the issue in Canterbury and Kent. Students on our MA programme in Visual Anthropology now have the opportunity of doing a placement with Porchlight and develop new creative media products of use to the organisation. In turn our students learn about the collaborative process and develop media production skills.
You can read here the results of research carried out on homeless provision by the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent.
Third year undergraduate students have the opportunity to do a Photographic or Video Project in Visual Anthropology in the final Spring Term. For the video project the course begins with students making symbolic cameras that represent their own unique involvement and creativity in their projects. These cameras (see right), remind them of their artistic and creative visions during the trials and challenges of the collaborative process. The resulting videos are screened in the Summer Term to an enthusiastic group of staff, students and visitors. Two prizes are awarded. The first, the Roger Just Visual Anthropology Prize, is awarded by Professor Roger Just, much admired by students for his inspirational teaching. The second prize is voted on by the audience. This year the judges decided that Runners Up prizes were also awarded. Below are the projects, click on the link to see some of the films and learn more of the projects.
Sarah Molisso The Bubble (Runner Up Roger Just Visual Anthropology Prize)
Joanna Turner & Rose Delamare Young at Heart (Runner Up Roger Just Visual Anthropology Prize) Rosemary Headland & Dulcie Ruttley-Dornan Naughty Legs Becca Toop Homeless but Not Helpless (Runner Up-Audience Prize) Julian Warner Who Arrested Will and Gregg