In 1979, just as the Cultural Revolution was ending, Angela Zito spent three years in Beijing doing historical research on the social and political importance of rituals performed by the emperor. During that time, she also worked as dayside copy editor for The China Daily, China’s English-language newspaper, and then as a “newstaster” for the Reuter’s bureau. Having received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, she now teaches anthropology and religious studies at NYU, where she has also co-directs the Center for Religion and Media. Her longest-standing scholarly interest remains the relationship between the psyche and the soma—how do human beings (mammals with imaginations!) deal with their imaginative capacities, make worlds and live with themselves and one another? How do we mediate these relationships, starting with the gestures of the body and the intricacies of language? People experience the world through their bodies in social practice: diet, sex and gender mores, the physical environment, both built and non-built, rhythms of household life and intimate relationships, communal ritual, work, art. Human life is organized, often at psychic and social remove, through embodied subjectification. The human person becomes both object and subject through discipline, training and practice. Much of her work in research and writing, and most recently video-making, circles round these issues.
Her website is www.angelazito.com
In addition to her role as co-director of the Center for Religion and Media, Faye Ginsburg is David Kriser Professor of Anthropology, founding and ongoing Director of the Center for Media, Culture and History, founder of the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Culture and Media, and founding co-Director of the NYU Council for the Study of Disabilities. Her work over the years as a filmmaker, writer and curator has focused on movements for social transformation, and the key role played by cultural activists in these processes, from her multiple award winning book, Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community, to her several edited collections on reproduction and gender, to her groundbreaking collection, Media Worlds: Anthropology on New Terrain, to her forthcoming book, Mediating Culture: Indigenous Media in a Digital Age. She is recipient of numerous awards for her work including research support and Fellowships from the MacArthur, Guggenheim, Spencer, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, as well as support from the Pew Charitable Trusts for the inauguration of the Center for Religion and Media. She is currently working on research on Cultural Innovation and Learning Disabilities. Dr. Ginsburg is also a Vice-President of the Dysautonomia Foundation.
Vail is an anthropologist, filmmaker, and curator whose academic work has focused on visual anthropology, Indigenous media and on the political economy of tourism in the developing world. Her award-winning documentary Gringo Trails (Icarus Films/Andana Films) looks at the long term cultural and environmental effects of global tourism. Vail has taught on Film and Culture at NYU and Columbia University Anthropology Departments; Tourist Productions in the NYU Performance Studies Program; and documentary filmmaking through the NYU Department of Anthropology’s Culture and Media Program. She is a former Fulbright scholar who has additionally lectured on travel study tours. As a curator, she has collaborated with colleagues at NYC arts and cultural institutions such as the National Museum of the American Indian, American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and through organizations such as the The Moth, the storytelling collective she was a founding boardmember, curator, and storytelling alumna for. Vail additionally has served as a judge for the World Travel Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and currently for National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards. Most recently, she was the cultural consultant for Felix & Paul Studios’ “Nomads” virtual reality experience for Oculus / Facebook. More info: pegivail.com
Program Coordinator and Editor, The Revealer
Kali Handelman came to The Center for Religion and Media and The Revealer in 2013 having spent ten years in New York City studying religion, cultural studies, and media. She received her BA in cultural and media studies fromEugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School and her MA in religious studies from Columbia University. Along with her formal academic pursuits, she brings with her experience working in visual art and independent publishing. Running throughout her work are interests in literature, visual art, architecture, politics, law, and religion, and an investment in exploring what these disciplines and categories have to offer one another. She views religion as a critical nexus for talking about politics, economics, representation, culture, technology, identity, and all of the other forces at work in forming communities and relationships. She is also the Manager of Program Development at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and has taught at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School.
She can be reached (and pitched!) at email@example.com.