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Hammons, Christian Instructor

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  • Christian S. Hammons teaches in the Departments of Anthropology and Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His research and media practice focus on indigeneity, the state, and capitalism in several ethnographic contexts, including the Mentawai Islands off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia and the Ft. Bertold Reservation in North Dakota. He is a Fulbright Scholar and Associate Director of the Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media. He holds an MFA in Film Production and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Southern California.

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  • Cultural anthropology, documentary and ethnographic media, societies against the state, indigenous religion, exchange, tourism, development, globalization, Indonesia, Southeast Asia

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Teaching

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  • ANTH 1155 - Exploring Global Cultural Diversity
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines the geography, kinship, politics and religious values of various cultures globally in historical and contemporary context through an anthropological perspective. Check with department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ANTH 1170 - Exploring Culture and Gender through Film
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Explores the concepts of culture and gender from an anthropological perspective, using films and other media, as well as written texts. By analyzing media about other ways of life, students will learn the basic concepts of cultural anthropology and be able to apply them to any society. In addition, students will learn to think critically about documentary and ethnographic media.
  • ANTH 2100 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Covers current theories in cultural anthropology and discusses the nature of field work. Explores major schools of thought and ethnographic fieldwork in a range of cultures studied by anthropologists. Required for Anthropology majors.
  • CMDP 2820 - Exploring Culture and Gender Through Film
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Explores the concepts of culture and gender from an anthropological perspective through media. By experiencing texts, images and sounds about other ways of life, students will learn the basic concepts of cultural anthropology and learn to think critically about documentary and ethnographic media material.
  • CMDP 3350 - Modes of Documentary Media History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
    Introduces students to the variety of practices by examining their emergence, evolution and cultural impact in the global sphere. Students discover the major themes and genres in documentary work from photography, cinema, audio, hypermedia and the public debates they have engendered. Through lectures, screenings and research, develop critical perspectives on the international and transcultural dimensions of documentary media history.
  • CMDP 4820 - Ethnographic Media
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores emerging creative documentary practices through visual research, fieldwork, oral histories and the construction of innovative ethnographies. Through ethno-fiction, eco-ethnography, photography, indigenous media and cinema, students explore the development of ethnographic documentary and visual anthropology in both traditional and experimental forms. Projects are developed with an emphasis on the ethical and political challenges of representation through media technologies.
  • CMDP 4900 - Concepts and Practices of Contemporary Media
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Explores the application of new media technologies in depth, and engages students in an ongoing dialogue about the cultural context of new media technologies and their own work. Students will produce a major media project that synthesizes methods of media making into modes of communication and expression. This is the capstone course for undergraduates in Media Production.
  • CMDP 7200 - Research and Methodologies I
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces students to modalities of research and methodological practices in the context of media arts and technology. Strategies from a variety of academic disciplines will be critically engaged to provide a foundation for future work.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.

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