I WAS NEVER ALONE (IWNA), a play script based on ethnographic fieldwork in Petrozavodsk, Russia with adults with disabilities, just keeps on moving - developing in new ways and finding collaborators and possibilities that, as a first-time documentary playwright, continue to astound and amaze me. The February 2016 staged reading of IWNA (dir. Joseph Megel) … Continue reading I WAS NEVER ALONE keeps on moving
I WAS NEVER ALONE is a documentary play script and performance ethnography project that I am developing in collaboration with Joseph Megel (UNC Performance Studies artist-in-residence and director of FREIGHT) and collaborators in Russia. The script focuses on the personal narratives of seven adults with disabilities living in contemporary Russia, presented in a 90 minute … Continue reading I WAS NEVER ALONE ethnographic play in development
This week takes me back to North Carolina to work on logistics leading up to a planned workshop and staged reading that will take place at UNC-Chapel Hill Performance Studies during the first week of February 2016. The workshop will be the second process presentation for I WAS NEVER ALONE, a documentary play script and … Continue reading I WAS NEVER ALONE workshop and staged reading
As I settle into a new role as a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSD Studio for Ethnographic Design, I'm reflecting on all that happened during the summer of 2015 - what a packed few months it's been! A few highlights: The June 2015 conference of the Society for Disability Studies brought some great moments for … Continue reading Some Recent Links
I'm thrilled to announce that have accepted an appointment as the 2015-2016 Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnographic Design at the Studio for Ethnographic Design at the University of California San Diego. This is an exciting position that includes a departmental home in the UCSD Department of Communication, and a key role in planning and executing upcoming … Continue reading California and other changes
June and July of 2015 will find me in Washington DC, as a Summer Fellow at the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center. I'm excited to be a part of this vibrant community of scholar working on global, policy-relevant research. This marks a new phase of my research and the development of my manuscript, … Continue reading Summer 2015: The Role of Transnational Disability Rights in US-Russia Relations
I'm happy to announce the publication of my photo essay and accompanying text in the interdisciplinary journal Landscapes of Violence. You can download the PDF version from the LoV website, or read the abstract, below. Abstract A recent Human Rights Watch report documented the ways in which people with mobility impairments in Russia are both … Continue reading New photo essay on Disability in Russia
I am someone who thinks about disability and Russia for many hours of the day, most days. So, naturally, I paid attention when the social media world was suddenly flush with posts and tweets about the strange story that a US government report had speculated that Putin has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This was a … Continue reading What are we doing when we say Putin has Asperger’s Syndrome?
I recently presented a poster at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association detailing the research methodology that I used in a recent project exploring barriers in digital space. In preparing that poster, I realized that I had lost track of a really fantastic component of that project, curator Amanda Cachia's interview with participating … Continue reading Barriers in Digital Worlds: A conversation with Amanda Cachia
I'm honored to be featured this week on the Updates section of the department website for UNC-CH Anthropology. Read it here!