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CEE #31

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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR   | CEE SPRING FELLOW UPCOMING EVENTS  |   CEE SPOTLIGHT    APPLY FOR SUMMER FUNDING | MELLON FUNDING CEE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

 

Happy new year!!!!  I don’t know about you, but for me 2021 went out taking with it a number of people I cared about.  I am hoping that in 2022, we all will remember to be mindful about celebrating each other and our relationships, to support the creativity and out-of-the-box thinking that inspires us, and to encourage each other to boldly pursue what we need and want to see in the world.  At the Center, we are so excited to welcome Amitav Ghosh as our CEE Fellow, and through Amitav, to connect with musician and writer Ali Sethi, and other members of the Philadelphia arts community (like choreographer Shaily Dadiala of Usiloquy, and Penn alum Devi Majeske of Air Devi) as we mount a musical production of Ghosh’s parable, Jungle-nama.  We are walking into Omicron-ridden January slowly but steadfastly, and we hope we will see many of you at our (virtual) Third Thursday!
 
 

Deborah A. Thomas
R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology
Director, Center for Experimental Ethnography

WELCOMING AMITAV GHOSH
SPRING 2022 CEE FELLOW
This Spring, we welcome Amitav Ghosh as the Spring 2022 CEE Faculty Fellow. Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. He is the author of two books of non-fiction, a collection of essays, and ten novels. His books have won many prizes and he holds four honorary doctorates. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and he has served on the Jury of the Locarno and Venice film festivals. In 2018 he became the first English-language writer to receive India’s highest literary honor, the Jnanpith Award. His new book, The Nutmeg’s Curse; Parables for a Planet in Crisis, a work of non-fiction, was published in October 2021.MORE
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While at CEE, Ghosh is teaching a course “Performing Parables” with Ali Sethi and Brooke O’Harra. In this course writer, Amitav Ghosh invites Penn students to engage his ongoing collaboration with the musician/performer Ali Sethi to stage his newest book Jungle Nama. Ghosh’s book Jungle Nama employs dwipdipoyar verse form and the popular folk tale of Bon Bibi the guardian spirit of the Sundarban to address the eroding ecosystem of the Sundarban. KEEP READING...
UPCOMING EVENTS
THIRD THURSDAY 
JAN 20TH 2022 | 12 PM

Join us on Thursday, January 20 2022 at noon for the Center for Experimental Ethnography's Third Thursday conversation with Wazhmah Osman, Assistant Professor at Temple University, and Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Director, Screenwriter, and Editor. Our guests will discuss their film projects, including Osman's "Postcards from Tora Bora" and "Smokescreen", and Alexandrowicz's latest piece, "The Viewing Booth". KEEP READING...

 

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CEE SPOTLIGHT
 
Introducing Keisha-Khan Y. Perry  Presidential Penn Compact Associate Professor of Africana Studies
We are excited to welcome Dr. Keisha-Khan Y. Perry as a new affiliated faculty member of the Center for Experimental Ethnography. Keisha-Khan Y. Perry is the Presidential Penn Compact Associate Professor of Africana Studies. Perry comes to Penn from Brown University, where she was Associate Professor of Africana Studies. Her research is focused on race, gender, and politics in the Americas, urban geography and questions of citizenship, intellectual history and disciplinary formation, and the interrelationship between scholarship, pedagogy, and political engagement. Her first book, Black Women against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil, won the 2014 National Women’s Studies Association Gloria Anzaldúa Book Prize. She is currently at work on her second book, which is focused on the ways in which state violence limits activist research and writing.
 
STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
APPLY NOW FOR CEE
GRADUATE SUMMER FUNDING CYCLE
The Center for Experimental Ethnography invites graduate students from across the University to apply for our multmodal ethnographic summer research grants.  These grants are meant to support doctoral, MFA, and professional degree students who are incorporating multi-modal methodological strategies into their ethnographic research.  These strategies can encompass film, performance, sound, creative writing, drawing, and/or other media. Proposals should be no more than 750 words with a budget not exceeding $1,500, and should outline the broad research questions of the project, the specific methods used to explore them, and the expected broader significance or intervention.  Applicants should also submit a current CV.  Learn more and apply here.
CAMRA MELLON FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
APPLICATIONS FOR
2022-25 COHORT
ARE NOW OPEN

The CAMRA Mellon Fellowship Program seeks to harness the potential of visual methods to democratize the production of knowledge in academic spaces. The program’s fundamental objective is to increase the national pipeline of undergraduate students who pursue graduate careers that engage with both the theoretical and practical underpinnings of multimedia research and scholarship. These students aim to complete Ph.D. programs in core fields that interrogate the politics of representation and the power dynamics at play in multimodal (e.g., film, photography, performance, auditory) scholarship and in popular media. SSMF@camrapenn.org

CEE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
PENN STUDENTS MERGE CREATIVE METHODS + SCHOLARSHIP
The Graduate Certificate in Experimental Ethnography is available for students who want to merge creative and interdisciplinary practice through multi-modal methods with their scholarly production. The certificate is open to Penn students admitted and already enrolled in a terminal degree graduate program in SAS, GSE, Annenberg, SP2, Law, MPH/PennMed, Wharton and Design. We encourage interested students to get in touch with us using our Grad Certificate Interest form.
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