Assistant Professor — Ph.D., University of Alberta
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My research has most recently been concerned with the realm of ethnographic and documentary images. The research and visual experiments that I undertake explore the possibility for failed, defaced, degraded, manipulated, and damaged photographs to activate interpretive fields typically unacknowledged in conventional ethnographies and histories. This intermedia and aesthetic approach pushes the sensuousness of the world back into an intellectual and scholarly understanding of it. This work necessarily involves careful attention to archives and archival theory.
Ethnographic and regional interests: Siberia, Central Siberia, Indigenous Siberians, Evenki, Evenkiia, Reindeer hunting and herding, Travel and mobility, location and place, Socialist colonialism, early forms of Sovietization.
For more information about my projects, publications, and other activities please visit my website:
I am the director of the Intermedia Workshop, a laboratory of visual and sensory ethnography.
REE S325 • Traveling Culture
MTWTH 100pm-300pm SAC 4.118
(also listed as
ANT S325L )
Travelling ideas, images, artifacts, and people have troubled traditional scholarly notions of bounded cultures and cultural wholes. Mobilities are about boundaries and passages: conceptual and actual rifts and ruptures. This course will look specifically at mobility as a point of inquiry into questions of identity, community, belonging, place and landscape, art, representation, cultural difference, experience, and history. Both major and minor travels or mobilities are suggestive not only of engaging bodily with the world but also of spectatorship, looking, and being looked at. From mundane experiences of sauntering and wandering, to ritualized forms of travel as well as life-changing displacements we will explore mobility as generative of cultural exchange (marking sameness and difference), hybridization, exploration, and play.
In the Autumn of 2009 I began working with some colleagues on a project I called Ethnographic Terminalia. The idea behind it was to create an initiative that would help promote intellectual and practical conversations between ethnography, cultural and historical research and contemporary art. We wanted to raise the profile of unconventional and experimental visual anthropology beyond the purvue of museums and cinemas. Since 2009 we have held annual exhibitions and featured dozens of experimental works in research-based art.
You can read more about our project and explore past exhibitions on our website:
Image: Scene from our 2012 exhibition in San Francisco (Audible Observatories)