Experimental Ethnography Showcase, 1/30

January 30, 2020

Open gallery 4:00-8:00

Reception and presentations at 6:00

ANT 206

A showcase of original experimental ethnographic work by graduate students:

Kristin Buhrow, Human Beings, Not Human Doings

Poetry and calligraphy

Hampton Stall, Spillover Affects

A sequential art piece using composite characters to represent several overlapping refugee experiences in East Amman, Jordan.

Sasha Tycko, “I’ll take care of you (feat. S, C, N, J, & Elysia Crampton)”

A  sound installation that explores the relationship between of the “expanded scenography” of nightlife design and a queer politics of safety in underground nightlife spaces, based on fieldwork in Chicago. It further explores the entanglement of content and form by working with the technology, aesthetics, and sonic medium of its subject, queer nightlife.

Peter Habib, Ibn Battuta is Dead / ابن بطوطة ميت

A lament about migration and empire based on fieldwork in Lebanon.

Katy Lindquist, Becoming Middle Class in Kampala, Uganda

This project explores the potential of ethnographic creative nonfiction to capture two affective realms that easily escape more traditional academic prose: aspiration and anxiety. Included in this project is a series of short vignettes drawn from three months of pilot field work conducted during the summer of 2019 on middle classness in Uganda. The vignettes aim to provide momentary insights into how middle classness as a form of belonging and stratification is performed, understood and experienced in Kampala, Uganda.

AJ Jones, Is There More Than “More Than Just the Two Percent”?

Based on a collaborative theatrical endeavor alongside women with Turner Syndrome, a clip of the scene “More Than Just the Two Percent” is accompanied by a set of questions that interrogate the ambiguities and interpretations performance ethnography offers.

Shreyas Sreenath, A leather worker’s mystic utterances

A translation of a vachana (mystic utterance) of Maadara Chennaiah, and a brief reading from “on sedimented selves.”