Imagination and Ethnography. Bridging the Gap of (not) Being There through Film

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Abstract: In this paper, I will explore the use of fiction films as a teaching methods in classes of social anthropology with regional interest. I will compare the use of different films from the Black Sea region as way to 1. familiarise my students with the historical dis/continuities and presuppositions which contribute to the formation of the ‘region’, 2.bring them in contact with the methods of doing and writing ethnography. For this undertake, I am going to use four films, two from Georgia and two from the eastern shores of the Black Sea (Bulgaria and Romania). The discussion proposes a method of teaching through fiction films which traces the interlinks between imagination and representation.

Keywords: stereotypes, area studies, the Caucasus, the Black Sea, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, violence, corruption

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SIDERI, ELENI. Imagination and Ethnography.. Teaching Anthropology, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 1, p. 50-58, feb. 2020. ISSN 2053-9843. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 23 feb. 2020. doi: