Program - Day 4 - Thursday 31 July

Section I - Moving Images / Day 4

Religion, Ritual and Experience: How to Film the Unseen

Marcus Banks (Oxford)

While the video camera is very good at capturing what a ritual event looks like, it is unclear how - if at all - the camera can capture "the look" of a ritual, that is, what marks ritual activity as a particular class of human social action. Further, does the camera offer any profound access to people`s experience that does not rely on language?

Marcus Banks
Marcus Banks
Professor of Anthropology, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK