The Screening Scholarship Media Festival (SSMF) provides a creative, collaborative space to explore the affordances and challenges of multimodal strategies in research, and to interrogate their social implications. SSMF is a hybrid between a traditional academic conference and a film/media festival that fosters the intersection of art and science across disciplines since 2013.
The SSMF runs from March 29th- 31st.
The final plenary on Sunday, March 31st will be called:
Rendering Embodiments, Voices, and Entities:
Analytics Entangled with Ethics, Poetics and Aesthetics in Multimodal Scholarship.
The South Asia Center, in collaboration with the Literacy, Culture and Int’l Education Program at PennGSE will be hosting Dr. Mathangi Subramanian on March 25 and 26th, 2019. The events include a workshop for students on ethnographic writing on March 25th, and what promises to be a fabulous panel on the 26th with Maura Finkelstien & Amit Das (moderated by Fayyaz Villani).
Mathangi Subramanian, EdD is an award winning writer, author, and educator. A former public school teacher, senior policy analyst for the New York City Council, and assistant vice president at Sesame Workshop, Mathangi Subramanian's work has appeared in
The events at Penn will be centered around her first literary novel, “A people’s history of heaven”, which is based on her research with students accords India, including two years of ethnographic work in a Bangalore slum.
1950s Jamaican Symposium
Join us for a Small Axe Conference
at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology from Thursday April 4th - Saturday April 6th.
The long 1950s encompass the pivotal moments that set into motion the infrastructures of modern political, social, economic, and artistic activity. They also bring into relief struggles over the appropriate spheres of interaction – national, regional, pan-African, diasporic – thus inaugurating an ongoing process of disciplining (and challenging) the scales at which we have sought to organize and imagine our futures. By the end of the decade, we see that the earlier twentieth century story of an emergent civil society in Jamaica is displaced by the story of political society. The result of this has been a particular kind of formal decolonization, one that lacks some of the decolonial social and cultural visions of earlier moments, and one that also resists those forms of decoloniality being enacted in the popular realm. Looking at the long 1950s closely and patiently, therefore, gives us windows into the contestations over the scale and scope of Jamaica’s political futures during the moment just before they sedimented into nationalism.
The conference schedule and registration can be found on the website below.
The Center's own Juan Castrillón is pursuing doctoral studies in Ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania. His recent film, produced out of fieldwork in the Northwestern Amazon was is among the six films selected by the academic committee of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America Conference.
The film is going to be screened at the Welt Museum in Vienna at the end of June
~KİRAÑİA (Long Flutes)
36:45 min, Pamie (aka. Cubeo) and Spanish
with Englishsubtitles. Juan Castrillón. United States, 2019.
The film dramatizes how a pair of long flutes sounds like, how an indigenous group of the Northwestern Amazon makes it, and how community members make sense of it. Rather than a film made for documentation purposes, it was developed as a multimodal strategy for diffracting Cubeo Emi-Hehenewa analytics about instrumental performance, remembrance, and aurality.
The film includes Tukanoan speech genres and language ideologies within its cinematic strategy as a way of challenging the standard explanatory perspective of ethnomusicological films about musical instruments. The experimental character of the film, then, attempts to present Cubeo Emi-Hehenewa audible worlds to indigenous and non-indigenous perspectives alike. ~KİRAÑİA (Long Flutes) is connected to other three ethnographic artifacts of a doctoral dissertation in ethnomusicology; especially within a multimodal chapter in which video and audio recording devices were called to render ethnographic interactions with the Tukanoan archive of expressive culture in Uaupés, Southern Colombia.
Faculty Spotlight: Nadia Dowshen
Nadia Dowshen is a faculty member at PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and serves as Director of Adolescent HIV Services in the Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP. She is also co-founder and medical director of the CHOP Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic which now provides medical and psychosocial support to more than 900 transgender and gender-diverse children and adolescents. Dr. Dowshen is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and also provides general adolescent medical care at CHOP and Covenant House, PA, a youth shelter located in Philadelphia.
Nadia Dowshen is collaborating with the Center for Experimental Ethnography and Joshua Franklin (MD-PhD student) on a Photovoice Project with transgender youth. This project seeks to make use of multi-modal techniques in order to work collaboratively to develop a community-driven agenda for transgender health research, to identify targets and strategies for developing new tailored interventions for trans women, and to use multimodal ethnography in the dissemination of public health research findings on HIV prevention and treatment within the trans community.
Monday, March 25- Tuesday, March 26 Mathangi Subramanian author of A People's History of Heaven
Please join the South Asia Center in welcoming Mathangi Subramanian for a Creative Ethnography Workshop for Students at 12:00 PM on March 25th, followed by a book reading of "A People's History of Heaven" at 5:30 PM at Penn Book Center. She will also be participating in a Book Panel with GSE Faculty on Tuesday, March 26th at 12:00 PM in Silverstein Forum of Stiteler Hall.
Please register for the Creative Ethnography Workshop at southasiacenter.com.
Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 PM An Opera of the World directed by Manthia Diawara
Manthia Diawara’s film is based on the African opera Bintou Were, a Sahel Opera, which recounts an eternal migration drama. The Bintou Were opera, filmed on location in Bamako, Mali in 2007, serves as a mirror for Diawara to build an aesthetic and reflexive story, through song and dance, about the current and yet timeless drama of migration and the ongoing refugee crises. The success and limits of fusing African and European perspectives are tested by interlacing performances from the Bintou Were opera, past and present archival footage of migrations, classic European arias, and interviews with European and African intellectuals, artists and social activists.
The screening will take place at Scribe Video Center at 3908 Lancaster Avenue.
Wednesday and Thursday, April 3-4th Penn and Slavery by the Penn & Slavery Project & the Program on Race, Science, and Society
This symposium will explore Penn’s relationship with the institution of slavery. Presentations by undergraduates currently conducting research as part of the Penn and Slavery Project, will be accompanied by roundtable and panel discussions by some of the nation’s leading scholars of slavery, race, and medicine. Especially in 2019, given the significance of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to British North America, this symposium affirms Penn’s commitment to engaging with the history of slavery and responds to President Gutmann’s call to offer educational and cultural programming that illuminates Penn’s connections to slavery.