Projects

Pál Berta

Pál Berta is an anthropological and artistic endeavour, combining visual anthropology and fiber arts.

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CinéTransylvania

Our films, revealing aspects of Transylvanian life.

You'll find them here.

The NAFA film collection

2012 - present, Norway

Ralph has been the main developer and maintainer of the latest NAFA website since its birth.

NAFA is an organization focusing on anthropological film and has been active since the mid-1970s. One of NAFA`s most important tasks has been building up an anthropological film collection; a unique collection of classic and more recent ethnographic films which is matched only by a few of the world's most important and largest ethnographic film collections.

The NAFA Film Collection is now available for online streaming for NAFA members. By becoming a NAFA member, you will be able to view this unique and extensive film collection, holding more than 350 films. The NAFA Film Collection can be used by institutions and persons for non-profit, educational and research purposes. You can become a member here.

NAFA also organizes a yearly conference and international anthropological film festival, during which a few carefully selected films are presented and discussed with a large audience. Selected films may enter the film collection.

In recent years Orsolya has been working as member of the NAFA film selection committee.

Funded by: University Museum of Bergen, Norway

The 38th NAFA international ethnographic film festival

2018, Norway - Romania

NAFA - The Nordic Anthropological Film Association - is an organization focusing on anthropological film and has been active since the mid-1970s. One of NAFA`s most important tasks has been building up an anthropological film collection; a unique collection of classic and more recent ethnographic films which is matched only by a few of the world's most important and largest ethnographic film collections.

NAFA also organizes a yearly conference and international anthropological film festival, during which a few carefully selected films are presented and discussed with a large audience. The selected films may enter the film collection.

CinéTrans organized the NAFA 2018 film festival, in close collaboration with the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, KMEI and Tranzit House.

Funded by: Local Council of Cluj-Napoca, Intervention Press, Nordnorsk Filmsenter, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Culture and Nature in Transylvania: Past and Future

2015 - 2016, Romania

Culture and Nature in Transylvania: Past and Future was a project through which an international research group studied and documented the cultural and natural heritages of the south-western corner of Sălaj County, Transylvania, Romania. To achieve this, the project provided a common framework using methodologies of cultural and visual anthropology, ecology, art history and archaeology.

Ralph was member of the fundraising team and he participated in organising the workshops.

In the workshops Orsolya was training students in the theory and methodology of visual anthropology, and conducted the relating field trip where students activated their newly acquired skills in doing participant observation by using visual methods.

Funded by: EEA Grants & Norway Grants

Infernal Paradise - The Entangled Rationales of Boko Haram

April 2016, Norway

In collaboration with Visual Cultural Studies, University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway, Ralph organised the three-day conference Infernal Paradise, and developed its dedicated website.

Over 100 people from Europe, Africa and North-America participated in the conference focusing on the the complex issues around Boko Haram in different African countries.

Funded by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway; Centre for Peace Studies; Centre for Women's and Gender Research (Kvinnforsk) and University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway

DEF Summer School

July 2015, Slovenia

Orsolya was mentoring ethnographic filmmaking in the summer school of the Days of Ethnographic Film Festival. Students were introduced into the theory and methodology of visual anthropology.

The series of lectures focused on film as representation and the impacts of authorship upon the reality we capture and present as truth. Another highlighted area was film as research method with a special emphasis on the ethical implications of using camera in anthropological research, and on what it means to do participant observation.

The lectures focused both on the learning process and the final film product. Students learned how to film people immersed in their daily activities, and how to edit a film as a result of their research.

The Art of Knowledge Exchange

November 2014, Norway

In close collaboration with the University Museum of Bergen, NAFA, and KMEI, Ralph raised funds for and organised the two-day workshop The Art of Knowledge Exchange, knowledge sharing in the fields of culture, human-nature relationships and applied visual anthropology.

Highlights of the workshop:

Orsolya presented her film, Man of Nature and Me and Alyssa Grossman's film, Memory Objects, Memory Dialogues was screened. Frode Storaas, general secretary of NAFA and professor of visual anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway, used excerpts from the film From Sunny Side to Shadowland (dir. Knut Terum) and Tama Gaun - the Copper Village (dir. Frode Storaas and Dipesh Kharel) to discuss cultural heritage, local communities and reproduction. The workshop concluded with a discussion about what to label as heritage, chaired by Hans-Jakob Ågotnes.

Funded by: EEA Grants & Norway Grants

NFU conference

October 2014, Tromsø, Norway

Ralph developed and maintained the 2014 NFU conference website.

Funded by: NFU (Norwegian Association for Development Research) and University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norwa