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Fellows 2011-12

FSC-Radcliffe Fellows

Cristina Grasseni

Kara Oehler

Matías Piñeiro

FSC-Harvard Fellows

Aryo Danusiri

Toby Lee

Ruth Lingford

Cuilan Liu

Ross McElwee

Adam Muri-Rosenthal

Verena Paravel

Cozette Russell

J.P. Sniadecki

Stephanie Spray

Julia Yezbick


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Aryo Danusiri is a Graduate Student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. His project, Sufi Bikers and Arab Saints, is a series of video and sound works portraying the ambiguous processes of a new urban Islamic youth movement in contemporary Jakarta in proffering a peaceful face of Islam.

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Cristina Grasseni is a researcher in anthropology at Bergamo University, where she lectures in the PhD school in anthropology and epistemology of complexity. Her books Skilled Visions: Between Apprenticeship and Standards(Berghahn Books, 2007) and Developing Skill, Developing Vision: Practices of Locality at the Foot of the Alps (Berghahn Books, 2009) focus on visual apprenticeship as a form of relational and situated learning. Her fieldwork with dairy breeders examined how techno-scientific development and the reinvention of local foods into heritage items interact with local communities of practice.

As an FSC-Radcliffe Fellow, she is developing a project that applies the "skilled visions" approach to collective strategies of self-representation. The goal is to develop a critical ecology of cultures of belonging, focusing on the visual apprenticeship of stereotypes as a naturalization of social classification. She is working with web and archive materials as well as ethnographic research and interviews, to construct a digitally annotated map of ways of looking.

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Toby Lee is completing a PhD in Social Anthropology and Film & Visual Studies. She is currently working on a short film, The Company We Keep, that takes at its starting point the police composite sketch, experimenting with the interviewing and sketching process to explore the relationship between visuality and memory in our knowledge of ourselves and others.

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Ruth Lingford is a Faculty member in Visual and Environmental Studies. Her project, Ecce Homo, is an animated essay about the gendered body of Christ and the relationship between erotic and religious experience.

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Cuilan Liu is a doctoral candidate concentrating on Tibetan studies. Her current project Young Jigsmed (working title), with Prof. Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp as its producer, is a narration-free documentary about a newly ordained eighteen-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk whose early days of religious life are filled with both determination and confusion. This project is originated from her dissertation fieldwork on Buddhist musical traditions in Tibet during the four summers from 2007 to 2010. On the basis of what she has shot in 2010, a thirty minute version has been commissioned by CNEX. At FSC, she will be working on a fuller version of this story with additional footage from her 2011 trip to Tibet.

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Ross McElwee is Faculty member in Visual and Environmental Studies. His project, Sherman's March Redux, is a new documentary about Hollywood’s attempt to make a fiction film, based on an old documentary of his, Sherman's March.

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Adam Muri-Rosenthal is a Graduate Student in the Romance Languages and Literatures. His project, There Was the Sea, is a documentary that seeks to challenge the contrived timelessness of Venice by concentrating on signs of its transience:  the accidentally overlooked and overtly ignored, the ugly and impermanent.

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Kara Oehler is an FSC-Radcliffe fellow, from WNYC/Media and Place Productions. Her project is Zeega, an open-source web platform being developed with collaborators Jesse Shapins and James Burns, designed to make collaborative multimedia documentaries cheaper and easier to produce. Oehler will focus on developing Zeega through a new audio and interactive documentary show that immerses audiences in the particularity of places, while interweaving the ambiguities and surprising pathways that emerge during the documentary process.

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Véréna Paravel is a Research Associate with Sensory Ethnography Lab. Her project is an artistic work dedicated to the Willets-Point community struggle:  a web-based extension and outreach for her previous film project, Foreign Parts. The website will promote and complement the film with oral history, still pictures, soundscape, and short video piece.

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Matías Piñeiro is an FSC-Radcliffe fellow and David and Roberta Logie Fellow at Radcliffe from the Universidad del Cine in Argentina. His project is Sarmiento, Translator.

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Cozette Russell studied filmmaking at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in film, video & new media. She is a teaching assistant in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard University. Her current project, Brookford Almanac, focuses on a first-generation farming family in Rollinsford, New Hampshire.

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J.P. Sniadecki is a Graduate Student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. His project, Shipbreak, is a portrait of China's shipbreaking industry, focusing on the human stories and global costs involved in feeding China's hunger for steel.

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Stephanie Spray is a filmmaker and doctoral candidate in social anthropology at Harvard University, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. She received her B.A. in the study of world religions at Smith College and a master’s degree at Harvard Divinity School. She has been engaged in various fieldwork-based projects in Nepal since 1999. In 2001 she was the recipient of a Fulbright-IIE grant, which she used to begin fieldwork with the Gāine, a caste of itinerant musicians. Two such musicians were the subjects of an observational digital video Kāle and Kāle, produced in 2007 with the support of the Sensory Ethnography Laboratory. She continued her video work with the Gāine in Monsoon-Reflections (2008) and As Long as There’s Breath (2009), experimental documentaries depicting aspects of the lifeworld of one such Gāine family. In 2009 Stephanie began work on Blue Sky, White River, a sound piece made from Nepali radio and field recordings. She is currently in Nepal conducting dissertation research with the Gāine as an SSRC-IDRF fellow and Fulbright-Hays DDRA grant recipient and is working on a related six-part video and phonographic project entitled Reflections on the Seasons.

Reflections on the Seasons is composed of a series of inter-related, yet independent, video and sound works thematically linked to the cycles of the seasons and how seasonal routines of labor in turn connect people to the land. The works are conceptually bound and structured by the epic poem, “Reflections on the Season” (ritu vicara), by the Nepali poet Lekhnath Paudyal (1885-1966). Divided into six cantos, corresponding to the six seasons of the Nepali calendar, the poem is an elegant and sensuous panegyric of the natural world. Stephanie’s videos for Reflections on the Seasons will attend to more concretely located cyclic existence with an intentionally diverse spectrum of Nepali places and individuals.

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Julia Yezbick is a Graduate Student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her project, Spaces In Which To Dwell: Manufacturing A New Detriot, is a non-fiction video exploring the re-making of Detroit through the lives of those who call it home

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