WAVA is an archive resource
for people interested in the anthropology of visual communication.
It features out-of-print and unpublished materials useful for
teaching and research. We have secured permission to place works
on the web so that interested parties can download and use them.
WAVA was created and is maintained by the faculty and graduate
students in the graduate program in the anthropology of visual
communication at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA USA. Among
those givingtheir time and engery are Lindsey Powell, Rebecca
Sobel, Kimberly Dukes, Stephanie Takaragawa, and Kendall Roark.
We welcome your comments, criticisms and suggestions for additions.
We have no funds for this site and are dependent upon voluntary
labor. If you know a work that deserves to be circulated, please
consider scanning it and sending the work on disk so that we can
add it to the archive. . Please email us at WAVA.
Please note - the original pagination of all published work has been preserved and indicated so that readers may accurately cite. Some documents are in PDF form that requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Reader is available for download free from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readermain.html for both Mac and Windows.
Sol Worth Page - contains the complete manuscript of his collected essays, Studying Visual Communication and Through Navaho Eyes the foundational study of indigenous media Worth co-authored with John Adair, plus unpublished papers and commentaries.
Hortense Powdermaker Page - contains the complete manscript of Hollywood, the Dream Factory plus other related essays.
Robert Flaherty Page - contains Robert J. Flaherty, a Biography by Paul Rotha. Edited by Jay Ruby. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983. and other resources.
Michael Intintoli's out-of-print ethnographic study of the production of a soap opera - Taking Soaps Seriously.
Jay Ruby's out-of-print book, Secure the Shadow: Death and Photography in America(MIT Press, 1995).
Eric Michaels' unpublished Ph.D. dissertation - "TV Tribes" - an early example of an anthropological study of television reception.
Lee's unpublished dissertation, Film, Culture and the Generation Gap: An
Anthropological Study of Chimhyang, A Korean Feature Film (2001) .
Alex Baker's unpublished dissertation. The Schuylkill River Park Public Art Process: An Ethnographic Focus on a Philadelphia Urban Park's Development.(2002)
Nora Jones' unpublished dissertation., The Mütter Museum: The Body as Spectacle, Specimen, and Art
Melissa Forbis' unpublished MA thesis. This is My Body: Gender, Tatooing and Resistance in the United States
Some documents about the history of visual anthropology in the United States. Includes copies of PIEF, SAVICOM and SVA Newsletters, Programs from Temple University's Conferences on Visual Anthropology and the proposal for the creation of a Society of the Anthroplogy of Visual Communication (SAVICOM)
There is every indication
that book publishing is in serious trouble and that scholarly
works with a limited audience will have a hard time being published.
Even those works that do find a publisher will go out of print
very rapidly. There are many indications that an interest in visual
anthropology is increasing and that several institutions are organizing
courses in this subject for the first time. The WAVA offers professionals
and students, particularly those in institutions without an extensive
library, a chance to gain access without costs to materials that
otherwize would be outside of their reach. It is an service essential
to the growth of this field. And one that can be realized at relative