Projects

Research: How Development Feels

I conducted fourteen months of ethnographic fieldwork with personnel from Adhyaapaka Foundation, a Bangalore-based NGO, as they interacted with teachers, students, and parents in villages outside of the city. I argue that what it means to “develop” in India must be re-theorized given emergent digitally-mediated circulations and transnational diasporic networks that influence how social change is conceived. My work revitalizes the anthropology of value by fleshing out its affective dimensions. In my fieldwork, affects were produced within a regime of development-based value, manifesting as dreams, aspirations, desires, and anxieties; what together I term the affects of development or, put more simply, how development feels

For more visit my research page.

 

The Unruly Classroom

Slought, camra, The Rotunda, and Penn Social Policy & Practice developed The Unruly Classroom, a public forum that interrogated the construction of race and racialized thinking in everyday life. The classroom took up residence around a shipping container implanted on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania from Tuesday, April 26 - Friday, May 6, 2016. This makeshift meeting space anchored a series of screenings, seminars and conversations that sought to destabilize where we locate intellectual life. What is the relation between social justice and the production of knowledge within the university classroom? How might we acknowledge the boundaries that exist while encouraging intersections?

The last few years have witnessed an explosion of mainstream and independent media coverage on the continued salience of racial discrimination – both across the globe and within the United States in particular. Despite this coverage and an increase in general cultural awareness regarding issues of race, academia remains a zone where critical discussions concerning the enduring colonial and imperial logics of racism happen only at the margins, if at all. In its placement at the corner of 40th and Walnut – an intersection where the University of Pennsylvania meets the larger West Philadelphia community – The Unruly Classroom sought to map out and occupy these margins of the university landscape, both figuratively and literally. In this way, the project aimed to highlight not just the marginal position afforded to conversations on race and social justice, but also the generative possibilities for meaningful discourse that such a position affords.

 

  

  

camra is an interdisciplinary collective of researchers and educators committed to participatory, experimental media-making. We engage in projects and workshops that use multimodal representation to push knowledge production in new directions. We develop productive partnerships with community organizations and scholars.  We organize supportive spaces for creating and showcasing new work, such as our annual Screening Scholarship Media Festival.  And we critically examine how technology is changing teaching and learning in higher education. 

More info @ camrapenn.org

Check out camra @ Ethnographic Terminalia 2014 here!

Are You Curious? 

The Center for Curiosity (CfC) conducts and engages in transdisciplinary research into the concept of "curiosity." We believe that curiosity as a practice bolsters essentials "soft skills" such as motivation, creativity, tolerance, civility, and resilience. The CfC team develops practices that can facilitate curiosity in individuals of all ages.

CfC envisions itself as a center that conducts rigorous research on curiosity, establishes assessment criteria by which to measure curiosity, and raises awareness of curiosity’s benefits for classroom learning.  The ideas we develop and the teaching tools we create are for anyone curious enough to try a new approach to classroom learning. 

More info @ centerforcuriosity.com AND www.sp2.upenn.edu/curiosity

 

Bad Friday Goes to Africa: Rastafari After Coral Gardens

Led by Dr. Deborah Thomas, Dr. John L. Jackson Jr., and Junior Gabo Wedderburn, BAD FRIDAY focuses on a community of Rastafarians in western Jamaica who annually commemorate the 1963 Coral Gardens "incident," a moment just after independence when the Jamaican government rounded up, jailed and tortured hundreds of Rastafarians. It chronicles the history of violence in Jamaica through the eyes of its most iconic community, and shows how people use their recollections of past traumas to imagine new possibilities for a collective future.  More info @ badfridaythemovie.com

Films:  

Rasta Rights and Reparations: Africa Tour July 2013 (w/ Mariam Durrani)

Beating as One: The Music of Ancient Vibration (w/ Mariam Durrani)

News:

"Film Tells of Rastafarian Oppression" 

"Bad Friday, Good Dialogue"