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Culture and Media Alumni and Faculty Featured in Cultural Anthropology

Check out the current issue of Cultural Anthropology for some great articles by some of our fantastic alumni and facutly from the NYU Culture & Media Program!
The Openings and Retrospectives section on Indigenous Media Futures features pieces by Kristin Dowell and Danny Fisher — and commentary by Faye Ginsburg. And Yasmin Moll has a Sound + Vision piece in the same issue! Click on the following link to read more: https://culanth.org/issues/192-33-2-may-2018
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Anthropology of Color Held at NYU

On Friday, March 30, twenty prospective anthropology Ph.D. program applicants of color assembled at NYU’s Department of Anthropology for a full day workshop on successful applications to doctoral program.  This is the second year of the initiative, Anthropology in Color, which is organized by the NYU Department of Anthropology’s Diversity Committee.  Participants gave feedback that the workshop left them much more aware of how and why to apply for Ph.D. level training in anthropology; as one prospective applicant said, “I learned more in one day about applying for a doctorate than I learned in four years of college!”

Alia Ayman and Melissa Lefkowitz Publish New Edited Transcript of Culture and Media Event

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?

Culture and Media Alumni Win Awards

Congratulations to Angelo Baca!

NYU Doctoral candidate Angelo Baca (Hopi/Diné) was recently chosen by the National Parks Conservation Association’s (NPCA) “Ten under Forty list” of dynamic cultural activists who make up the Next Generation Advisory Council.  As part of his work in the NYU Culture & Media program and as a cultural activist, Baca directed the widely circulating documentary Shash Jaa’ : “Bears Ears” and has been active in establishing NYU’ s new minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies. In addition to working on his doctoral thesis on the struggle to protect Bears Ears, Angelo is working as Cultural Resource Coordinator for the Bears Ears Inter-tribal Coalition; his op-ed on Bears Ears was recently published in the NY Times. Read what the National Parks Conservation Association had to say about why he was chosen to be one of the ten people honored by the NPCA. 

C&M films to screen at the 2017 Margaret Mead Film Festival

We’re thrilled to announce that all of the films completed in the Culture & Media Program’s most recent Video Production class have been selected to screen at the upcoming Margaret Mead Film Festival!
C&M films by Zeynep Sertbulut, Anisha Chadha, and Marcel Rosa-Salas will screen in the Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase on Saturday, 10/21 @ 11:30am.
https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/emerging-visual-anthropologists-showcase

And Sarah Riccardi-Swartz’s C&M film Pixelating Holiness will screen on Saturday, 10/21 @ 4:30pm (before the feature film Chomo).
https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/pixelating-holiness

Hope to see you there!