The Visual Anthropology programme
(International Master in Visual Cultural Studies) at the University of Tromsø in Norway (UiT)
is under serious threat.
The paradoxical reason, given that it is located in one of the wealthiest countries on earth and attracts students from all over the world, is financial difficulties.
• Over half of VCS students in Tromsø are from developing countries.
• Most of these students would have had no chance of obtaining a degree without the programme.
• Many of them are now using their skills and qualifications to develop research and ethnographic film/documentary networks in their own countries, a good example being former students in Cameroon and Mali.
Visual Anthropology in general, and the VCS programme at UiT in particular, have shown how humanistic and filmmaking skills in parts of the world prone to conflicts and political instability are helping to nurse the emergence of a civil society that can safeguard human rights locally, regionally, and internationally.
And this is why we're signing this petition.
SAVE VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY in Tromsø!
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