MemberAnandi Silva Knuppel

…American Academy of Religion
North American Hinduism Steering Committee – American Academy of Religion
Transnational Religious Expression: Between Asia and North America Seminar Steering Committee – American Academy of Religion
American Anthropological Association
Society for Visual Anthropology
Visual Scholarship Initiative – Emory University
Graduate Advisory Council – Graduate Division of Religion [Current Member]
Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion…
…hesis focused on an ethnographic documentary I filmed on the subject of dancers from South and East Indian classical dance traditions in the US. My film can be found through Vimeo:

My dissertation research focuses on the study of daily practices in transnational Hindu religious traditions, primarily contemporary Vaishnavism, through ethnographic, visual anthropology, and phenomenological methods. My research is supported by active participation in the Ethnographic Forum, Practices concentration, and Emory’s Visual Scholarship Initiative.

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship

In addition to my dissertation work, I am a full-time Training Specialist and Special Projects Liaison at the Emory Center for Digital Sch…

I am current a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, an Editorial Assistant for the Visual Anthropology Review, and a full-time Training Specialist and Special Projects Liaison at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.

MemberPeter Snowdon

…Peer-reviewed articles

““Film!”—The Arab Revolutions and the Filmmaker as Amanuensis”, Visual Anthropology, 2016, 29:3, 263-277.

““Game over Mubarak”: the Arab Revolutions and the Gamification of Everyday Life”. Fast Capitalism, 11.1, 2014.

Invited blog posts

“Distorting the pain of others”, in media res, 4 April 2014.



Peter Snowdon is a filmmaker, researcher and writer. He is currently (2016-17) postdoctoral research fellow in the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University (NL), where he also teaches in the visual anthropology strand of the MA programme.

MemberFrans Prasetyo

Frans Ari Prasetyo, he works as a independent researcher, using a methodology that is strongly community-research based and relies on urban culture/planning, visual anthropology/ethnography. He is primarily interested in urban-rural landscapes, visual knowledge and visual culture. He typically uses photography, photo documentation, film and video to tell stories and augments this with ethnographic information that he collects in the field. He has worked extensively in urban areas with a focus on Bandung city, but gas also been involved in rural and indigenous projects like in Sumatra, Nias Island, Borneo and Sundanese indigenous people. His main interests are the evolution of urban public space, architecture (vernacular), arts/culture, urban politics/activities and sub-cultures such as punks, artists, underground activists and indigenous people.

DepositDigital Facsimiles and the Modern Viewer: Medieval Manuscripts and Archival Practice in the Age of New Media

Through an engagement with theory from the fields of art history, anthropology, and sociology, this article examines the archival existence of medieval manuscripts and facilitates an understanding of archival practice and its effects on user experience from the perspective of the researcher, rather than from that of the archivist or information professional. In an exploration of notions of materiality and virtuality, the author addresses the material and institutional existence of medieval manuscripts and traces the evolution of the facsimile as a solution to problems of access. Within this framework, the various altered engagements with manuscripts in physical and digital form are assessed in order to establish the costs and benefits of virtuality. The roles of new technologies that produce high-quality facsimiles are investigated through theories of (re)presentation with respect to visual materials, including images and historical text.