My first book, I Was Never Alone or Oporniki: An Ethnographic Play on Disability in Russia, is now available for pre-order from University of Toronto Press, Amazon.com, and Amazon.ca. The book is scheduled for release in May 2020. I Was Never Alone or Oporniki presents an original ethnographic stage play, based on fieldwork conducted in … Continue reading Book available for pre-order!
In 2019, a group of graduate students in the department of anthropology at the University of Toronto founded the Disability Anthropology Working Group. Housed in the department's Ethnography Lab, the group extends and expands on conversations begun in my disability anthropology seminar the previous fall. The working group meets weekly, alternating between a public reading … Continue reading Disability Anthropology at the University of Toronto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZF1DW4Oyc8 Not long ago, I was in Russia, to take part in an event at European University at Saint Petersburg, DIS.ART – disability, ethnography & the arts on October 10, 2018. The event featured four creative works by a cohort of medical ethnographers working on disability at European University in Saint Petersburg. The evening started … Continue reading Disability, Art & Ethnography in St Petersburg
I'm very glad that a performance of my ethnographic play will be presented this March as part of the program of the 2018 Soyuz Symposium for Postsocialist Cultural Studies, this year hosted by the Department of Anthropology and the European Studies Council at Yale. Friday March 2nd at 7:30pm, with a talk back session at … Continue reading I WAS NEVER ALONE at Yale
I am glad to be featured this week on the AnthroPod podcast, produced by the journal Cultural Anthropology. The piece is the first of three in a series on ethnography and design, featuring two other dear colleagues and my collaborators the past two years in the UC Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design, Lilly Irani and Keith … Continue reading Ethnography & Design on the AnthroPod PodCast
Over the past year, in my role as postdoctoral fellow for the Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design (CoLED), it's been my great privilege to work with an outstanding array of scholars interested in the intersections and conundrums presented by thinking about ethnography and design. A little over a year ago, in September 2016, we launched the … Continue reading ETHNOGRAPHY & DESIGN: MUTUAL PROVOCATIONS
Visual media like video and photography can only capture a limited glimpse of the social phenomena that live performance produces; a photo of a still moment in a performance can hardly produce the kind of communitas or social shift in emotive and interactional awareness that live performance creates.
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
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