Category: Program in Culture & Media

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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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

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!

C&M Alumnus Robert Chang is Associate Producer at America ReFramed

A big congratulations to C&M alumnus Robert Chang!
He has recently been hired as an Associate Producer of America ReFramed (a curated series of of independent documentaries and is broadcast on public television / WORLD Channel).
Robert assists in managing America ReFramed’s submissions, film evaluations, filmmaker deliverables, and contributing to the curation of the series. He leads the generating of social media and outreach activities of the series, and manages and mentors its crew of interns. Robert is also a documentary filmmaker whose work has screened at various festivals and is distributed by DER. Robert Y. Chang received his PhD in Anthropology at NYU for his research on the intersection of religion and media.
Check out more information about America ReFramed on the American Documentary website!

DACA-mented, Undocumented, and Temporary Protected Status Students and Allies

Without congressional action, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will expire on March 5, 2018.  We do not know what the results of congressional debate will be for DACA or how these will influence other immigration issues and statuses.  The Anthropology Department’s goal is to support you during this uncertain time NYU will continue to support undocumented students, staff and faculty. If you are or someone close to you is undocumented or have DACA or temporary protected status, please know that there are many things you can do before March.  The following link provides practical steps you can take as well as connections to NYU immigrant defense initiative which can help with legal advice and referrals (http://as.nyu.edu/anthropology/undergraduate/resources/daca-students.html). NYU provides additional information and resources for students here.  We want to remind you during these disconcerting times that you are a valued member of our community.