David MacDougall

Position: Adjunct Professor, Research School of Humanities & the Arts
Institution: The Australian National University, Canberra
Geographical areas: Transnational, South Asia

Research areas: Theoretical and practical aspects of visual anthropology, vernacular photography, the anthropology of childhood, children's institutions in India, pastoral societies, indigenous media, and social aesthetics (the aesthetic systems of communities and everyday life)

Profile

Professor MacDougall is currently Director of a 5-year Australian Research Council-funded project, ‘Childhood and Modernity: Indian Children’s Perspectives’. This project involves children as researchers in a series of workshops in which the children explore aspects of modern Indian life using video cameras. We have so far held five such workshops in various parts of India, producing some 18 films made by the children. Reviews of some of these can be found in TAPJA, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rtap20/15/5#.VQC6pGSUdQY  

Relevant Publications

1) “Films of Childhood”, in The Corporeal Image: Film Ethnography and the Senses, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006, pp. 67-93.

2) The Doon School Series, five films on children’s lives in the Doon School, northern India, 2000-2004, distributed by The Royal Anthropological Institute, 51 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT, website: https://www.therai.org.uk/film/film-sales/doon-school-chronicles-doon-school-series-1

3) SchoolScapes, 2007, distributed by The Royal Anthropological Institute, 51 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT, website: https://www.therai.org.uk/film/film-sales/schoolscapes

4) Gandhi’s Children, 2008, distributed by The Royal Anthropological Institute, 51 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT, website: https://www.therai.org.uk/film/film-sales/gandhis-children

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