NYU Doctoral students Alia Ayman and Melissa Lefkowitz recently published an edited transcript of their organized panel discussion “Making the Rounds: Ethnographic Film in Circulation” in the Cultural Anthropology website’s Visual and New Media Review. The event featured five anthropologists, filmmakers, and industry professionals whose work is integral to thinking about ethnographic film today to discuss their perspectives on the genre: Alice Apley, Executive Director of Documentary Educational Resources; Rachel Chanoff, Director of THE OFFICE performing arts + film; Faye Ginsburg, David B. Kriser Professor and Director of the Center for Media, Culture, and History at New York University; Toby Lee, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University; and Pegi Vail, Associate Director of the Center for Media, Culture and History. You can read more about the event here.
Ayman and Lefkowitz organized the event to explore how ethnographic film, as a genre of filmmaking whose definition is often contested, becomes stabilized through particular practices that aim to mark it as a recognizable category of cultural production. Instead of focusing on the genre’s history, they locate the reproduction of the genre in its afterlife. Turning their attention to infrastructures of distribution and exhibition, they posed the following questions: How does ethnographic film travel? Who are the actors involved? How is the category itself being produced and redefined through festivals, distribution companies, scholarly production, and educational institutions?
Congratulations to Ph.D candidate Angelo Baco, whose opinion piece Bears Ears is Here to Stay was published in the New York Times on December 8th, 2017. Be sure to check out his powerful and important piece here. To read more about Angelo’s research interests, be sure to check out his student profile.
Congratulations to C&M alumna Jacqueline Hazen! Her C&M film Island to Island will screen this weekend at the Guam International Film Festival! https://www.guamfilmfestival.org/island-to-island/
Jack Murphy (French Studies and Anthropology, 2009) is an associate professor of French at Gettysburg College. His new book, Yearning to Labor: Youth, Unemployment, and Social Destiny in Urban France (Nebraska 2017) is based on dissertation fieldwork in central France, and focuses on the experiences and strategies of young people coming of age in a disadvantaged outer city (banlieue) as they struggled to find work. Jack’s next project tackles similar questions relating to personhood and social identity in contemporary France but through a different lens—the production, distribution, and consumption of frozen food, with particular attention to the French frozen-food retailer Picard Surgelés.
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