Marcus Banks is Professor of Visual Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and Head of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography there. After a doctorate at the University of Cambridge he trained as a documentary filmmaker on a one-year Royal Anthropological Institute / Leverhulme Fellowship at the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield. Following research in India and the United Kingdom on the social organisation of the Jain community, and later on anthropological theories of ethnicity and nationalism, Marcus Banks has undertaken research in the area of visual anthropology. His research interests include visual anthropology and ethnographic film; Indian urban society and Jainism; ethnicity, nationalism, and neo-nationalism; visual research methods and visual methodologies.
He is Chair of the School of Anthropology’s Departmental Research Ethics Committee, and has sat on the University’s central ethics committee, CUREC. He has previously served as ethics advisor for the ERC project ‘GlobalDiverCities’ at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.
Marcus Banks is the author of Made to be Seen: Perspectives on the History of Visual Anthropology (University of Chicago Press, 2011) (co-edited with Jay Ruby); a special issue of History and Anthropology (21.4, 2010) on historical photography (Routes and Traces, co-edited with Richard Vokes); Using Visual Data in Qualitative Research (Sage, 2007); Neo-Nationalism in Europe and Beyond (Berghahn, 2006); Visual Methods in Social Research (Sage, 2001); Rethinking Visual Anthropology (Yale University Press, 1999) (co-edited with Howard Morphy); Ethnicity: Anthropological Constructions (Routledge, 1996); and Organizing Jainism in India and England (Clarendon Press, 1992).