The USC Center for Visual Anthropology
or CVA, is a part of the department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California
. It was created by anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff
and was directed by ethnographic filmmaker Tim Asch
from 1983 until his death in 1994.
CVA offered a master of arts in visual anthropology or M.A.V.A. to graduate students up until 2001. Currently, doctoral students affiliated with the CVA and e-lab now have the option to receive a certificate in visual anthropology
For a number of years, CVA served as a local host for the Margaret Mead Film Festival
Early application of Mosaic, 1994
- Barbash, Ilisa and Lucien Taylor. Cross-cultural Filmmaking: A Handbook for Making Documentary and Ethnographic Films and Videos. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
- Ruby, Jay. " Out of Sync: The Cinema of Tim Asch" In Picturing Culture: Essays on Film and Anthropology, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.