Professor, Communications, School of Humanities and Communication Arts

Studio photo of Juan Francisco Salazar against a dark brown background.Juan Francisco Salazar (born 1971) is a Chilean anthropologist and filmmaker with a PhD in Communication and Media from the University of Western Sydney and a Bachelor of Anthropology from the University of Chile. He has lived in Sydney, Australia since 1998 where he currently is a Professor in anthropology and media studies; Research Director at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) and Environment and Sustainability Research Champion, at Western Sydney University, Australia. His work on Indigenous media in Latin America was pioneering for focusing on the poetics of media practice and bringing together Latin American scholarship on film and communication studies with media anthropology in the U.S. He writes on media anthropology; visual/digital ethnographies; citizens' media; Indigenous media and communication rights in Chile and Latin America; documentary cinemas; environmental communication; climate change. His recent work focuses on Antarctica where he has developed pioneering ethnographic work since 2011. In 2015 he completed the feature length speculative documentary Nightfall on Gaia shot entirely in Antarctica and which had its international premiere at the 14th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film (Bristol, June 2015). He is currently developing work on anthropological and STS approaches to futures in polar and outer-space environments. He has been a visiting fellow at Indiana University (Bloomington)(2018); Temple University (2018); Universidad de Valparaiso (2015) Universidad Uniminuto (Bogotá, Colombia 2013) Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (2008), the Universidad de las Américas, Mexico (2006). As a media artist he has written and directed several documentary and experimental short films exhibited internationally.


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Selected Publications

Salazar, J.F. Kearns, M., Granjou, C., Krzywoszynska, A., and M. Tironi (Eds.) Thinking with Soils: Material Politics and Social Theory. (forthcoming 2020, under contract with Bloomsbury).

Pertierra, A., and Salazar, J.F. (Eds.) Media Cultures in Latin America: Key Concepts and New Debates (Forthcoming 2019, under contract with Routledge).

Salazar, J.F., S. Pink, A. Irving & J. Sjöberg (Eds.) (2017) Anthropologies and Futures: researching uncertain and emerging worlds. London and New York: Bloomsbury.

Granjou, C., J. Walker & J.F. Salazar (2017) “Politics of Anticipation: On Knowing and Governing Environmental Futures”. Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies.

Praet, I., & J.F. Salazar (2017) “Familiarizing the Extraterrestrial / Making Our Planet Alien. Environmental Humanities”, Vol. 9 (2).

Pink, S. and Salazar, J.F., 2017. Anthropologies and futures: Setting the agenda. In Salazar, J.F., S. Pink, A. Irving & J. Sjöberg Anthropologies and Futures: researching uncertain and emerging worlds. London: Bloomsbury

Salazar, J.F. (2017) Microbial Geographies at the Extremes of Life. Environmental Humanities, 9(2): 398-417.

Cameron, F., B. Hodge & J.F. Salazar (2013) Representing climate change in museum space and places. WIREs Climate Change, 4(1), 9-21.

Salazar, J.F. (2009). ‘Self-determination in practice: the critical making of indigenous media’, Development in Practice 19(4-5), pp. 504-513.

Salazar, J.F, & A. Cordova (2008) ‘Imperfect Media: The Poetics of Indigenous Video in Latin America’, in M. Stewart and P. Wilson (Eds) Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Poetics, and Politics. Duke University Press, pp. 39-57. ISBN 9780822343080.

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