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

Faye Ginsburg to found Center for Disability Studies

In Fall of 2017, after a decade as founding and ongoing director of the university-wide NYU Council for the Study of Disability, anthropology professor Faye Ginsburg (and co-director Mara Mills (Associate Professor, Media, Culture & Communication) received Provostial Funding to launch the new Center for Disability Studies (CDS). We are really excited to have not only a strong inter-disciplinary and cutting-edge initiative, but also to bring this important field into the center of anthropological study, as Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp argued in a  groundbreaking article in 2013.

The Center for Disability Studies is discussed below in this short piece.

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. 

Anthropology in Color at NYU: Deadline 1 Month Away

An Annual One Day Symposium For Advanced Undergraduates

This one-day symposium for advanced undergraduate students of color (juniors and seniors), and those with a BA or MA who are considering pursuing a Ph.D., introduces students to NYU faculty and graduate students from all four sub-fields of anthropology (cultural, biological, linguistic and archeological). The symposium features a workshop to demystify careers in the academy, a workshop on preparing a successful application, and smaller topical discussions of specific areas of research.

This is a part of NYU’s Anthropology Department initiative to increase the diversity of its students and faculty. All symposium events are free and meals are provided, but no travel funds are available.

Applicants to the symposium can either nominate themselves or be nominated by a faculty member at their current or past institution. Please note that we do NOT ask for letters of recommendation as a part of the application, only for contact information for potential faculty referees.

The 2018 Workshop will be Friday March 30, 2018.

Application due date: Thursday, February 1, 2018 by midnight.

Please use this link for further information and application instructions: