Brent Harris, UBC M.A. ’09, Profiled in Canadian Jewish News

Brent’s profile, which nicely summarizes his research process and his involvement with the Vancouver Israeli community, can be read here.


Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival: Body and Soul

Calling All Filmmakers!

When: Oct 2nd-6th, 2009
Entry submission deadline: June 10th, 2009

TIEFF is organized by the Taiwan Association of Visual Ethnography, a non-profit organization dedicated to greater public awareness of documentary and ethnographic films, and co-organized by the Institute of Ethnology at the Academia Sinica of Taiwan. TIEFF is more than a venue for screening films and videos; it is also a forum for education, discussion, and exchange. TIEFF considers every film selected to be equally valuable; therefore, there is no competition section in the event.

The biennial’s 5th edition, “Body and Soul”, will invite curious audience to a multi-cultural survey of medical/alternative healing practices. Possible topics that candidate films draw attention to can include, but are not limited to: Health care in the developing world / Indigenous, traditional, and alternative healing practices / Epidemics and infectious disease, suffering and care, etc. In creating the theme, the festival seeks stories and examples all around the world to cultivate common understanding of issues on physical and mental health beyond the confines of traditional medicines, in order to encompass heterogeneous, physical and spiritual practices which shape health care around the world. Continue reading

“Burners Torched Over Native Party: Local Native Americans go to war against insensitive Burners and win.”

Very interesting article about Native American response to new age ‘triablists’ at Burning Man. Sad that this still has to occur. I saw this link on the Savage Minds blog, always good to check it out.

New York Times: Doctoral Candidates Anticipate Hard Times

See the article here. This is not a very inspiring article to read while on a break from writing CHAPTER 1 of my dissertation. Nonetheless, back to work!

Rouch’s Jaguar at Green College, March 11th

Green College International Film Festival

Jaguar by Jean Rouch, 1967, 91 min., France (in French with English subtitles) With an introduction by Green College Resident Member by Jeni Wolowic.

Wednesday, March 11th 2009, 8pm Coach House, Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road

An ethnofiction and a CLASSIC in visual anthropology. It is about three young men who leave the savannah of Niger to seek wealth and adventure on the coast and in the cities of Ghana. The men enacted the journey for Rouch while undertaking this journey for the first time themselves and made up scenes as they encountered the world. Since no portable synchronized sound equipment was available the soundtrack is an improvised narration of the three men as they watched the footage a year later. It is a collaboration that blurs every boundary. This term, Resident Members of Green College were asked to recommend their favorite movies for screening as part as the GCIFF. The series is the result of their propositions and covers nearly all continents.

MoA in the Globe and Mail

This article in today’s Globe talks about MoA’s reopening. Unfortunate title, but it gives a sense of what is to come with the renovation.

Public Talk at the Carnegie Centre: Dr. Larry Zimmerman

Dr. Zimmerman at the Carnegie Centre

Dr. Zimmerman at the Carnegie Centre