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Craig Campbell

Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Alberta

Craig Campbell


  • Phone: (512) 232-4342
  • Office: SAC 4.122
  • Office Hours: Spring 2014: Wednesdays 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: C3200



My research has most recently been concerned with the realm of ethnographic and documentary images. The research and visual experiments that I undertake explore the possibility for failed, defaced, degraded, manipulated, and damaged photographs to activate interpretive fields typically unacknowledged in conventional ethnographies and histories. This intermedia and aesthetic approach pushes the sensuousness of the world back into an intellectual and scholarly understanding of it.

Ethnographic and regional interests:  Siberia, Central Siberia, Indigenous Siberians, Evenki, Evenkiia, Reindeer hunting and herding, Travel and mobility, Socialist colonialism, early forms of Sovietization.

For more information about my projects, publications, and other activities please visit my website:

I am the director of the Intermedia Workshop, a laboratory of visual and sensory ethnography.




Ethnographic Terminalia

In the Autumn of 2010, while still a graduate student at the University of Alberta in Canada, some friends and I began working on a project we called Ethnographic Terminalia.  The idea behind it was to create an initiative that would help promote intellectual and practical conversations between ethnography, cultural and historical research and contemporary art.  We wanted to raise the profile of unconventional visual anthropology beyond the purvue of museums and cinemas. Since 2010 we have held annual exhibitions and featured dozens of experimental works in research-based art.

You can read more about our project and explore past exhibitions on our website:

Ethnographic Terminalia

Image: Scene from our 2012 exhibition in San Francisco (Audible Observatories)

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