Amsterdam, Netherlands

Visual Ethnography in Social Science

when 1 July 2023 - 15 July 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1050

This course offers a theoretical and practical program in which we explore how the making of documentaries can enrich ethnographic research within a variety of social science disciplines. The genre of ethnographic filmmaking is central to the course, but additionally we will discuss the use of photography, arts-based engagement ethnography, and participatory action research.

This visual ethnography course will provide interesting literature suggestions combined with lectures, interactive working groups and group assignments. We will dive into the various ways of visualizing people, behaviour, and societies. The course provides a basic introduction to the history of visual ethnography and its broad usage across different disciplines.

Additionally, there will be discussions about issues of visual ethnographic research ethics and reflexivity. There will also be the possibility for students to discuss how visual ethnography can be integrated in their own research.

Course leader

Drs. Lianne Cremers and Cato Janssen

Fee info

EUR 1050: Tuition fees two-week course

VU Students/PhD candidates and employees of VU Amsterdam* or an Aurora Network Partner €700
Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam €950
Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam €1050
Professionals €1250

Early Bird offer
Applications received before 15 March (14 March CET 23:59) receive €50 Early Bird discount!


VU Amsterdam Summer School offers two kinds of scholarships: the Equal Access Scholarship and the Photographer Scholarship. More information can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.