CEE | Center for Experimental Ethnography
The film screening and conversation series "Gaza on Screen" was curated by Nayrouz Abu Hatoum and Hadeel Assali.
Friday, April 15th at 7pm
Gaza on Screen: Attending to the Fugitive
A conversation and screening with Nayrouz Abu Hatoum and Hadeel Assali, joined by Anna Shah Hoque. The evening featured resistance videos and discussion.
Saturday, April 16th at 2pm
Gaza on Screen: The Archaeological Imagination
Nadia Yaqub presents the films “Living Archaeology” by Forensic Architecture (10 min, 2022) and “The Apollo of Gaza” by Nicolas Wadimoff (78b min, 2018). This will be followed with a Q&A led by Nadia Yaqub featuring Yasmine El Khoudary.
For its annual Third Thursday event, CAMRA discussed the March 2022 Screening Scholarship Media Festival (SSMF) "Pause". Members of the CAMRA directors’ team and the SSMF planning committee discussed how they built, launched, and live-streamed this year's SSMF festival.
Each year, the Screening Scholarship Media Festival (SSMF) provides a creative, collaborative space to engage with diverse multimedia projects. We explore the affordances and challenges of multimodal representational strategies in research, and we interrogate their social implications. SSMF is a hybrid between a traditional academic conference and a film/media festival. We strive to bridge the gap between art and science by bringing together scholars, artists, educators, and activists.
This year’s SSMF was organized around the theme Pause, understood as mobility and immobility, as waiting, as rest and recuperation, but also as a refusal and political strategy and action.
For whom is pause a privilege? For whom is it a need for existence? And how do our practices respond to the notions of pause? What do pauses encompass?
The festival features projects that explore pause as an intentional engagement with suspension, as well as a way of being.
CAMRA (Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts) fosters interdisciplinary collaborations amongst scholars, sensory ethnographers, artists and educators within and beyond the University of Pennsylvania to explore, practice, evaluate and teach about multimedia research and representation.
We ask questions about the affordances, challenges, and possibilities of multimodal scholarship in teaching, learning, mediamaking, and knowledge production. Our aim is to support media-based research and pedagogies, with an explicit focus on: (1) providing practical guidelines for evaluation of multimodal research; (2) utilizing participatory, digital, and ethnographic methodologies; (3) creating digital and physical spaces for multimodal work to be showcased; (4) critically examining how technology is changing the processes of teaching and learning.
For March's Third Thursday event, we joined in conversation with Shivaike Shah about his "Uprooting Medea" Tour.
In 2018, as a student at Oxford, Shah produced an on campus production of Medea, the institution’s first entirely BIPOC production. Shah believes Medea is a powerful story about “questions of home, identity, belonging and broken promises.”
After graduation, he began to develop a short, non-narrative film about the character of Medea, co-written by Francesca Amewudah-Rivers.
During his talk, Shah reflected on how Khameleon Productions’ effort to make space for BIPOC individuals in theater is reflected in the theme of belonging within the story of Medea.
Khameleon’s adaptation of Medea is currently being reviewed by multiple film festivals and will be released to the public when it is selected by one of the festivals.
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