• The MA in Visual Anthropology has been central in shaping my theoretical, methodological and practical work as an anthropologist.
    Sarah Pink - MA Visual Anthropology 1989-90 - Professor of Media and Communication, RMIT University
  • I really appreciate how you've given us not only the building blocks, but also the theoretical grounding to be good visual anthropologists.
    Karlia Campbell - MA Visual Anthropology 2009-10, EDF pathway - Visual Anthropologist at VIA Pictures
  • The MA is possibly the most fun bit of education I have ever done. Aside from learning the basics of hands-on film-making, it is a very different way of doing anthropology.
    Gavin Searle - MA Visual Anthropology 1993-94 - BAFTA award winning documentary director
  • It was provocative and challenging to work out how I could use filmmaking as an analytical tool to shape, not just reflect, my research process.
    Alyssa Grossman - PhD Social Anthropology with Visual Media 2004-10 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Gothenburg
  • The MAVA was one of the most inspiring educational and creative experiences of my life. Aside from making deep friendships, I grew tremendously during this period.
    Jana Carrey - MA Visual Anthropology 2006-07, EDSEM Pathway - Freelance documentary photographer
  • I was very satisfied with how fast I progressed with my filming skills, since when I started, I did not even know how to switch on a video camera!
    Andre Cicalo - PhD Social Anthropology with Visual Media, 2005-10 - Marie Curie IOF Research Fellow, King's College London
  • My experience in Manchester made possible an old dream: to incorporate a new language – the audiovisual – in the anthropological discourse.
    Sylvia Caiuby Novaes - Postdoctorate 1993-95 - Professor of Anthropology at the Universidade de São Paulo

Why the Granada Centre.

Here is what makes the Granada Centre the best place for visual anthropology

He who never fails, never risks anything. What is the most interesting thing in life? Very probably to run risks. That for me is our profession.
Jean Rouch 1967


Updates, events and work in progress from our students and staffView All

A Goddess in Motion Screening.

Posted in - News
on March 3rd, 2017

On Wednesday 8 March 2017 Roger Canals, visual anthropologist at the University of Barcelona, will present his latest documentary on the transnational cult of María Lionza in Barcelona. The screening will start at 5pm in room G7, Humanities Bridgeford Building,…

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Short Course Ethnographic Documentary.

Posted in - News
on October 26th, 2016

The 2017 Short Course in Ethnographic Documentary at the Granada Centre University of Manchester is now fully booked. Please get in touch with lorenzo.ferrarini@manchester.ac.uk to be put on a waiting list. The course will take place between 19 and 30…

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Screening of Moving Target.

Posted in - Alumni & News
on October 6th, 2016

Granada Centre Graduate Tanja Wol (MAVA 2012) will be screening her latest film Moving Target. The film, which premiered at Hot Docs in Toronto, will be followed by a Q+A with Tanja. Mon 10 Oct 2016 Time: 14:00 – 15:00…

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Isle of Mist.

Posted in - MA & Video
on May 19th, 2016

Here is another sample of the work my students are producing for Beyond Observational Cinema, the course I just finished teaching for the MA in Visual Anthropology. Siôn Marshall-Waters and Jan-Holger Hennies went to the Scottish island of Skye and…

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Our Team.

The Teaching and Technical Staff involved in running the courses at the Granada Centre