Steve McQueen’s Western Deep (2002, Super 8 film, transferred to video) opens with a barrage of sound within a pitch-black “cinema-like space”. Critics and observers have described the experience as one in which viewers are subjected to “an oppressive deluge of industrial rumbling sounds in which the “walls and floors shake.” Such vibratory exposure to sound in the viewing space is verbalized as enabling a documentary ‘mimicry’ close to what miners’ themselves experience daily experience. Such projections, however, overlook seminal phenomenological differences between the sensorium of the... Read more about Talk, "Sounding the Underground"
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN PONG FILM AND SENSORY ETHNOGRAPHY LAB, MEDIATED BY THE GRADUATE RESEARCH TRAINING GROUP “DOCUMENTARY PRACTICES: EXCESS AND PRIVATION”
What does it mean to conceptualize the making of a documentary film as collaborative work? Can we understand collaboration as a reflexive lens that also attends to the power relations and social differentiations inherent within the film’s fabrication? Such is the proposition of this event. Through this frame we aim to emphasize not only the formal aesthetics of the cinematic object, but also its...
Looking forward to this upcoming panel with Ali Feser and Susan Schuppli at Visible Evidence, December 18, 2021 at 18:00 CET! Thanks also to respondent, Anna Polze. More about the panel topic, the panelists, and their papers below.
4s/EASST Meeting: Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and agency of STS in emerging worlds
Looking forward to participating in the 4S next week with a paper titled"Soils of Remediation, Waters of Redemption: The Ambivalences of Ameliorative Alchemy in „Post“ Mining Landscapes" as part of the panel Alchemical Transformations: Matters of Substance and Changethoughtfully organized by Bradley Jones and Heather Paxson.
More information on the panel and papers can be found here...
I am looking forward to moderating a panel on "Considering Colonialism" at this year's Berlin Program Summer Workshop, which includes an exciting array of speakers and panels. Art historian Elizabeth "Libby" Otto and German film and cultural studies professor Randall Halle will be giving keynote lectures and panels will feature research in-progress by scholars of German studies from around the world. Should be an exciting few days down in Dahlem!
More information about the program and theme can be found...
Location: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany
Conveners: Eveline de Smalen (RCC), Vikas Lakhani (RCC)
This workshop aims to discuss, identify, and evaluate ways in which social sciences and humanities can use memory studies to engage with the problems we encounter in the world today, and bridge the divide between academic disciplines, and academia and policy. We intend to publish the results of this workshop as an issue...
Presentation in the context of the 116th American Anthropological Annual meeting in Washington D.C. as part of a double panel on Urban Ethnographies of Commoning, organized and chaired by Güldem Baykal Büyüksaraç and Derya Özkan
Washington, DC, November 29th, 2:15-4:00
Location: Marriott, Thurgood Marshall South
This panel aims to bring into conversation ethnographic case studies on forms of urban living created through acts of commoning –spaces...