Streaming Media



Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2016

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Film and Video Production

First Advisor

Gibisser, Michael

First Committee Member

Livingston, Jason

Second Committee Member

Graham, Laura R.

Third Committee Member

Rabinovitz, Lauren


Disciplines arrive at moments of crisis. So do those who labor within and at the margins, intersections, outskirts, and centers of those disciplines. This written thesis draws together these moments of both disciplinary and individual crisis, at the intersection of anthropology, nonfiction filmmaking, and film studies. In response to existential, representational, and ethical anxieties, these writings and videos affirm life, within and between the disciplines, myself, and my collaborators — each of whom has experienced or is recovering from an eating disorder. Through navigating the representation of these experiences, the work interrogates the limits and potentials of representation in nonfiction film and video more broadly, and how it relates to anthropology, activism, and pedagogy. It asks: what is a good (ethical) representation of another individual’s experience, especially of something as seemingly private or vulnerable as an eating disorder and the recovery from it? This thesis approaches this question from technological, methodological, ethical, philosophical, and practical perspectives, and in doing so, aims not so much to resolve these disciplinary and personal crises, but to move through and with them, towards a theory and a practice of embodied ethical representation.


viii, 122 pages


Includes bibliographical references.


Copyright © 2016 Anna Lynn Swanson