Participants

Miya Ando

Visual Artist

Miya Ando is an internationally acclaimed artist whose high profile public commissions and unique artwork have been called ‘A Must See’ by the New York Times. Half Japanese and half Russian, Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makers was raised in a Buddhist temple in Japan and amongst the redwoods of coastal Northern California.

Joella Bitter (With Collaborator Todd Whitmore)

MA Candidate, Anthropology, The New School for Social Research

Joella is an anthropology MA student at The New School for Social Research working on questions of post-conflict rebuilding in Uganda particularly questions of place and livelihood, the senses, memory and futures.  Todd Whitmore is a Professor of Theology at The University of Notre Dame whose work is situated at the intersection of ethnography and theology with a particular interest in how people sustain hope.

John Bodinger de Uriarte

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Susquehanna University

Bodinger de Uriarte’s research specialties focus on questions of identity, self-representation, and Native American sovereignty, and how such issues are engaged in the public sphere, specifically in contemporary museum, casino, and photographic practice.

Scott Brown

PhD Candidate, The New School for Social Research

Currently a PhD Student in Anthropology at The New School for Social Research.  My research interests include urban design, sustainability, and the liveliness of infrastructural forms.

Christina Verano Carter

PhD Candidate, Columbia University

Two-sentence biography:  Christina Verano Carter is a Chicago-native who has done fieldwork in Prague, Czech Republic and several tribal/linguistic areas of the Philippine Islands.  She is currently writing up her dissertation about healing and sorcery in a rural community of the Philippines.

Ann L. Chusid, Esq.

Attorney, Law Offices of Ernest Gelman

I am a practicing attorney who specializes in Trusts and Estates. I also have a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology.

Robert Clark

Assistant Professor, Mansfield University

Robert Clark studies contemporary conceptions of rehabilitation as an evolution of moral reform. In addition he focuses on cultural identity reclamation efforts among the Tlingit of southeast Alaska.

Jacob Dreyer

Masters Student, New York University

Jacob Dreyer has conducted research into Chinese urbanism in Shanghai, London and New York. His work can be found online at http://www.dreyerprojects.info.

Rachel Finn 

Food Writer, Editor, & Independent Food Historian; Founder, Roots Cuisine

Rachel Finn is a writer, independent food historian, and the founder and director of Roots Cuisine, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the foodways of global African Diaspora. http://rachelfinn.net; http://rootscuisine.org

Samantha Fox

PhD Student, Columbia University

I am currently a PhD student in anthropology at Columbia University.This work is part of an ongoing project that I began as an MA student in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Christine Folch

Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, CUNY

Christine Folch received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2012 and works on politics and empire in Latin America. Her dissertation, “The Flows of Sovereignty,” explored how the development and management of the hydroelectric resources of Itaipú Binational dam (co-owned by Brazil and Paraguay) have shaped the Paraguayan nation-state and regional state formation in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Casey Golomski

PhD Candidate, Brandeis University

Golomski is an advanced PhD candidate at Brandeis University and lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, UMASS Boston. His research attends to ritual, religion, the life course, gender, and material culture in Southern Africa.

Assaf Harel

PhD Candidate

Born and raised in Israel, I was “naturalized” in America. I use writing, photography and multimedia in an attempt to probe the unique socio-cultural dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian relationships.

Joe Hiller

Candidate for Bachelor’s of Arts in Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies

Joe Hiller is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Grinnell College and a youth activist. His academic interests mirror his political commitments; they include militarism, embodied political choreography, and decolonization.

Frederick Howard

PhD Student, New School for Social Research, Anthropology

Frederick is a 1st year PhD student at the New School for Social Research working on the intersections of poverty, illness, violence, and law in southwest South Dakota and northern Nebraska. His interests focus on colonial regimes of power and practices of disregard and empathy on Pine Ridge Reservation and its peripheral townships.

Yukiko KOGA

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Anthropology, Hunter College – City University of New York

As a cultural anthropologist, I trace remainders of Japanese imperial aggression in China as a way of thinking about generational transmission of unaccounted-for pasts.

Clate Korsant

MA Candidate, The New School for Social Research, Anthropology

I am an MA candidate in anthropology, and planning to pursue a PhD also in anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London beginning in the Fall.  My research interests include ecological awareness, aesthetic embodiment, sustainability, environmentalism, pedagogy, and artistic expression.

Alexandra Kowalski

Faculty, Central European University

Alexandra Kowalski is a sociology graduate of New York University, now Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University, Budapest, where she teaches social theory, state theory and cultural sociology. Her research interests center on the comparative history of cultural institutions such as heritage, museums, archives, and schools, and, more broadly, on the transformations of national states and politics in the post-national era.

Victor Kumar

Graduate Student, Johns Hopkins Department of Anthropology

Yali Lewis

MFA Candidate, Parsons The New School for Design

Yali Lewis was born in 1983 in New York, New York, about one mile from where her great- grandparents settled after coming to America eighty years before.  She was brought home from the hospital in a taxi cab and has been in transit ever since.  She holds a BA in Fine Art and History of Art from Yale and is currently finishing her MFA in Fine Art at Parsons.

Noam Osband

PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania

Noam is a PhD candidate and documentary filmmaker at the University of Pennsylvania getting ready to hit the field to study Mexican guestworkers for the first primarily filmic PhD awarded by Penn. He has completed or is currently working on films on topics such as rural Arkansas, Jewish settlers in Hebron, and Mexican immigration to the United States.

Kaitlynn Yen Redell

MFA Candidate, Parsons the New School for Design

Kaitlynn Redell is a mixed media artist pursuing her MFA in Fine Arts at Parsons the New School for Design.  Her work currently explores the body’s negotiation of the boundaries of racial inheritance; how the seemingly unidentifiable body (that resides in the space between categories) is asked to lay claims to this inheritance in an attempt to “properly” identify itself and must negotiate its own terms and singularity, both within and yet separate from the socially constituted categories within which it appears to be confined.

Scott W. Schwartz

Ph.D. Student

CUNY Graduate Center, Dept. of Anthropology

My research interests have focused on the inherited landscapes of the North Atlantic, including fieldwork in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. More specifically, in conjunction with resilience theory, I have pursued how flexibility, deviation, and subjectivity may be utilized as effective responses to shifting environmental conditions.

Anna Sherbany

Visual Artist and Lecturer

As a visual artist, much of my artwork engages with the political and the emotional, with history and the present, reflecting on memory and its significance in our lives. Using a mix of still and moving image and sound, exploring the relationship between wall and screen, space and audience, and actively engaging the viewer, I construct installations that are all about revelation and interpretation rather than assumption.

Kimbra L. Smith

Assistant Professor

University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

Dr. Kimbra Smith is an applied cultural anthropologist whose theoretical work focuses on the politics of cultural production, racialized geographies, the politics of indigeneity, persistent inequalities, environmental racism, perceptions of value, and the interrelations among authority, responsibility, and risk perception.  In her community work, she focuses on issues such as immigrant rights, discrimination, health outreach, place-based education, and sustainable practices.

James Verinis

PhD candidate, Binghamton University

I am an adjunct professor of anthropology at Queensborough NY, and am writing my dissertation about immigrant farmers and sustainability in rural Greece.

Vivian Wong

PhD Candidate

University of California, Los Angeles

Vivian Wong is a PhD Candidate in the Information Studies Department at UCLA Her research includes the memory practices of immigrant women in the Asian Diaspora.  She also is an award- winning filmmaker who received her MFA in Directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.  Her work has screened internationally in film festivals, academic conferences, and on PBS.

Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim

PhD, Goldsmiths, University of London

I have been working on transmissions of medical knowledge along the Silk Roads. I am interested in uncovering the multi-cultural aspects of ancient and medieval Euroasian medical knowledge.

Amitai Touval

PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Baruch College/CUNY

I received a PhD from Brown University in 2000. I’ve written about the East German intelligentsia and the relationship between changes in the urban landscape and political power.

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