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Webinar on child-created media from the ALA Film and Media Round Table

Webinar on child-created media from the ALA Film and Media Round Table

Update: We had a fantastic time. Look for the link to the recorded webinar here soon! On August 7th at 12pm Pacific Time, the Film and Media Round Table (a unit of the American Library Association) is going to have a webinar focused on youth-created media. 

The Name Game

The Name Game

As some of you folks know, I recently changed my last name. For lots of academic people, and especially women, the name game is one you can’t actually win. There is so much to say about women, about names, about cis-heteronormativity, history, tradition and patriarchy, 

Arts-Based Project with Professor Marie-Pierre Moreau recognized as ARU research highlight for 2022

Arts-Based Project with Professor Marie-Pierre Moreau recognized as ARU research highlight for 2022

You can see the whole project and learn more about the project and shows near you here, and follow Professor Moreau’s work, on this project and so many more here. You can read about all of the Anglia Ruskin University highlights here.

Crowbird Flies Again

Crowbird Flies Again

I was lucky enough to have selected pieces from the Crowbird project appearing in a virtual show at the Burnett Gallery in Amherst, MA this spring, alongside the stunning work of fellow Valley artist May Emery. While the larger project is an arts-based inquiry into 

Conflict-Focused Interviewing!

Conflict-Focused Interviewing!

This past May we were lucky enough to have Prof. Dr. Renate Kosuch visit to present our students with a short lecture on the Conflict-Focused Interview. This interview, and the analytic strategies one might apply to resultant data, are unique in qualitative inquiry because it 

VFC and Non Fiction Comics

VFC and Non Fiction Comics

Hey you guys, the glorious Vermont Folklife Center‘s Non Fiction Comics Fest featuring so many cool artists and thinkers and writers is going to be happening the weekend of October 14th! I’ll be there doing a workshop and some other stuff, but the real attraction is being able to hear from the likes of James Spooner and my personal tit hero Jennifer Hayden. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how contiguous images and words can punch out powerful stories for everyone, flip tables, disarm the enemy, shape policy and reshape how we know the world. That’s a tall order for any genre, I know, but cartoonists are pretty badass.

Come see for yourself! If you aren’t sure how to attend and sign up, you can contact the VFC.

Art heals the world! Podcast edition.

Art heals the world! Podcast edition.

Oh my goodness! I was interviewed for a very fancy podcast a few weeks ago and here it has emerged, just in time for Pride. It’s about art, and how to do research with children, about hard conversations, about decolonising our practices, about joyful awkwardness, 

let us do more than hope

let us do more than hope

Way back before the pandemic, so very long ago in the before times, I wrote and illustrated a book chapter to appear in this book: https://utorontopress.com/9781487524418/cool-anthropology/ The purpose of the book is really quite special: it’s about rethinking how we engage people in doing the 

April 12 Event! Ethnography Collective @UMass Reflections on Ukraine

April 12 Event! Ethnography Collective @UMass Reflections on Ukraine

Reflections on Russia‚Äôs Invasion of Ukraine 

Tuesday, April 12 (noon – 1:30 EST)

Register here: 

https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkd-mppjsvE9NK6S4lpk7lVleQfCtKWV1Y

This roundtable centers the voices and experiences of ethnographers of Ukraine. The panelists will provide insights on the current war based on their own research, and reflect on what kinds of ethnographic interventions are possible in this context. 

Speakers: 

Yulia Buyskykh, Co-founder and Researcher at the Centre for Applied Anthropology, and Institute of History of Ukraine, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences

Oksana Kis,  Leading Research Fellow at Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine

Sarah Phillips, Professor of Anthropology, University of Indiana, Bloomington

Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, Penn State University

Moderators:

Regine A. Spector, Associate Professor, Political Science, UMass Amherst

Julie Hemment, Professor, Anthropology, UMass Amherst

The event is hosted by the Ethnography Collective @ UMass Amherst, and co-sponsored with the Russian, Eurasian and Polish Studies Program @ UMass Amherst. 

https://www.umass.edu/sbs/ethnography/ethnography-collective

https://www.umass.edu/russian-eurasian-polish-studies/statement-on-ukraine

Pedagogy, Culture & Society

Pedagogy, Culture & Society

I am so pleased to be a member of the incoming editorial team of the journal Pedagogy, Culture & Society, along with my colleagues Dr. Yuwei Xu, Dr. Vina Adriany, Professor Deevia Bhana, Professor Elizabeth Walton, and Professor Volker Wedekind. I was actually conducting a