Publications in Visual Anthropology

PIEF Newsletter In the mid-1960s, Program in Ethnographic Film (PIEF), a committee of the AAA, was founded by Robert Gardner, Karl Heider and Asen Balicki at Harvard's Film Study Center in response to a request by Jean Rouch's Comité de Film Ethnographique. It was the first professional organization in the U.S. devoted to film and anthropology. PIEF published a Newsletter under the editorship of Carroll Williams and Jay Ruby from 1970 to 1973. PIEF also published Karl Heider's Films for Anthropological Teaching (which is now in its 8th edition) and was instrumental in convincing the American Anthropological Association to include film screenings as part of the scholarly program of their annual meetings.

Studies in the Anthropology of Visual Communication The Society for the Anthropology of Visual Communication (SAVC), now a section of the AAA, replaced and expanded PIEF's mission. Its journal, Studies in the Anthropology of Visual Communication, was published under the editorship of Sol Worth from 1974 to 1977 and upon his death by Larry Gross and Jay Ruby, from 1978 to 1979. Members of the society were also offered The Anthropology of Visual Communication from 1973 to 1983.

Studies in Visual Communication The journal, Studies in Anthropology Visual Communication, was replaced by Studies in Visual Communication in 1980 when the Annenburg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania assumed ownership. SAVC members were offered subscriptions at a reduced rate.

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