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 was touched this week to reread an article published online by a local news source in Petrozavodsk, Russia where I conduct my fieldwork. My dear friend and collaborator, Vladimir Rudak, a musician, filmmaker, writer, and disability activist from Petrozavodsk shared his impressions of the United States with reporter Asya Kosheleva. I was fortunate to … Continue reading Жизнь – игра, or, all the world’s a stage in ethnographic theater
I am looking forward to teaching several new courses at UC San Diego in the coming months. This winter, I am teaching a course originally designed by Dr. Tom Humphries. The Problem of Voice takes the trope of "voice" as an important mode of understanding representation, recognition, and multivocality in contemporary cultural perspectives. The course, … Continue reading New courses at UC San Diego
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'm pleased to announce that I WAS NEVER ALONE, my new documentary play based on ethnographic research with adults with disabilities in Russia, will be on stage for the first time this October at UC San Diego! A two week workshop process with director Joseph Megel (StreetSigns, UNC Chapel Hill) and international collaborator Vladimir Rudak … Continue reading I WAS NEVER ALONE on stage!
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