Professor of Visual Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Oxford
Prof Marcus Banks is Professor of Visual Anthropology in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.
His research interests centre on visual anthropology and ethnographic film, Indian urban society and Jainism; ethnicity, nationalism, and neo-nationalism; visual research methods and visual methodologies.
Following earlier research in India and the UK on the social organization of the Jain community, and later on anthropological theories of ethnicity and nationalism, Marcus Banks has spent the last few years conducting research in the area of visual anthropology. His recent research has included studies of cinematographic practice in Colonial India, the history of ethnographic film, and the development of robust visual research methodologies. His current research, earlier funded by the University’s John Fell Fund, is on the practice of forensic science, with a particular focus on the production and consumption of images in forensic contexts.
Prof Banks has worked closely with the Pitt Rivers Museum for many years within its research and teaching activities, and is one of the core teaching staff on the MSc/MPhil in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
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