a research blog by Lotte Hoek
De Media Automatiek is the research blog of media anthropologist Lotte Hoek. Like the Dutch ‘Automatiek’ that dispenses deep fried bite-size snacks at any time of day, this blog presents bite-size blog posts about my ongoing anthropological research.
I have been doing long-term anthropological fieldwork in Bangladesh. From investigations of photographic activism to a long-term study of cinematic pornography, my research is driven by the question how the ways in which we see are related to the social and cultural structures by which we live. I also have a long-standing interest in forms of urban ethnography and am especially beguiled by forms of media culture that are considered inappropriate or unrefined.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh and my book Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh is published by Columbia University Press.
The research presented in these pages has been made possible by the generous support of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), The Hayter Fund (University of Edinburgh), The School of Social and Political Science (University of Edinburgh), Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (now AISSR, University of Amsterdam).