A Visual Anthropology Laboratory has been established to capture the ethnographic nuances around important social issues concerning everyday life of local communities. The laboratory aspires to become the epicenter of documentation, projection and advocacy of anthropological insight at a national platform. Arguing that visual representation is one shade closer to reality in comparison to the conventional ethnography, the presence of Visual Laboratory helps in recording and analyzing history in a visual perspectiveas well as documenting visual imageries of present day life. The visual medium is becoming important genre for unfolding policy initiatives and programme by Development planners and administrators. Visual text and visual archives provide the necessary disciplinary insight in this direction for policy planning and governance.
Faculty-in-charge: Dr. Avitoli G. Zhimo (

  • Supriya Pandey (Visual Anthropology 2020 | BSc class of 2021) won the poster competition on the theme 'Gender Across Space: Moving from Parity to Parallelism' Organised by - KMC Geographia ( Geography Dept. Kirorimal college, DU) and featured in Bimonthly Magazine of KMC Geographia 2021.
  • Aakriti Thatal (Visual Anthropology 2020 | BSc class of 2021) micro documentary film '5 to 9: Women in Pandemic' got published by Zuban (Through her lens) 2021.5 to 9: Women in Pandemic is a micro-documentary attempting to explore gendered roles in Sikkim and how social class and economic stability serve as important factors in determining these roles and responsibilities. The pandemic has not had a neutral effect on all women and I broach this notion through short interviews with three women who come from different sections of the society.
  • Dr. Avitoli G. Zhimo's film 'The Village on the Cliff' was screened in Sibenik, Croatia during International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) Congress 2020, 14th March 2021. The film has been made for specific academic audience. Interested scholars may contact Dr. Zhimo for the film link.
  • A short film "Being Ansar"conceptualised and edited by Hardik Gaurav won Second prize in Short film competition at Antardhwani festival 2014.

  • Zhimo, A.G. 2021. ‘We were the Others: Visuality in Colonial Writings’. In Materiality and Visuality in North East India: An Interdisciplinary Perspective edited by Tiplut Nongbri and Rashi Bhargava. Singapore: Springer.
  • Konyak, E.W, and A.G.Zhimo. (forthcoming). 'Body Aesthetics: Contextualising Konyak Naga art of tattooing'.
  • Zhimo, A.G. and Somen Rath. 2021. 'Tribal Arts and Aesthtics: Saora, Warli and Zeme'. SWAYAM, NRC Tribal Studies.

  • Ten days Research Methodology Course on "Participatory Digital Methodologies and Ethnographic Filmmaking" was organized for research scholars from 14-24 January 2019. Participants were from disciplines like Media studies, Culture studies, Social Work, Community Health and Medicine, Sociology, Gender Studies, Education. The Course was sponsored by ICSSR. Director: Prof. P.C.Joshi; Co-Director: Dr. Avitoli G. Zhimo. For details Click here
  • The Visual lab is instrumental in editing the lectures delivered by eminent scholars in webinars and virtual workshops organized by the department of Anthropology, University of Delhi. The videos are uploaded on the youtube channel 'Visual Anthropology DU'

  • Eche Wangnyu Konyak (registered in 2016) 'Gender and Embodied Adornment : An Anthropological study of Dress among the Konyak'
  • Somen Rath (registered in 2019) 'An Anthropological Study of Saora Art: comparative analysis between Hill Saoras and Plain Saoras of Odisha'





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