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Graduate Student Conference March 2010
Battle Road Trail
Experimental Rose Museum Cell Phone Tour
Foreign Language Tour Event at the Rose
Learning through the Rose Art Museum
Anthropology Must Reads?
Guggenheim project trip to NYC
GBAC: Anthropology & Social Media
Photographs of the Disappeared
"I Sent my Message" exhibition
Should robots wear clothes?
(Slave Trade Memorial)
Classes during "Quarantine"
Rose Art Museum Collections
Nantucket African-American History Project
Chinese Cultural Studies
Obbini Tumbao Residency
Red Thread: Kumi Korf
William Gibson & Cultural Critique
Estate Sales as Cultural Practice
Art Law Forum
Waterfall Projection: My Hands Were Busy
Exhibition: History of the Rose Art Museum
Slavery and Universities
Practicing Place at Brandeis
Arresting Moments: Wonder and the Pedagogy of the Imagination
Saturn Dreaming of Mercury
Wearing our Culture project
(Waltham Family School)
Rose Museum Symposium
Rose Art Museum Crisis
Clothing and Children's Literature
New Media Space
Rose Museum Sit-in, 1/29/09
(Broadcast on YouTube)
Art and Human Rights
(Conversations on YouTube!!)
Art, Representation and Evolution
(Broadcast on YouTube)
Rose Museum Town Meeting
Graduate Student Conference March 2009
Sudanese Refugee Art Exhibition
Webisodes: Unpacking Ads
Jonglei State Cultural Production Center
Virtual Tel Aviv
South Sudan Women Project
Campaign 2008 Ads
"Making Culture" eSpaces
What is culture?
Japan: Gender Images
Prospect Hill Terrace
Rory Stewart's "The Places in Between"
Shubha Mudgal Residency
(Oct. 15-18, 2008)
"Beyond Witnessing" Series
Malek Village Reconstruction Project
Manitonquat visit (
April 9, 2008)
Mariyo Yagi Lecture
(March 26, 2008)
(Feb 14. 2008)
Pedagogy of the Imagination
Transitional Phenomena Working Group
Global Theory Group
Trauma: Theory and Experience course
Brandeis Website Discussion
Visualizing Science symposium
Mirrors of Science
Sexualities in Asia
Gender, Justice and Storytelling Workshop
Waltham Community Archives
Japan Studies Group
Japan Studies colloquium series
Intercultural Residency Series
MusicUnitesUs Lesson Plan Forum
African-American Bike Network
Community History Projects
Readings of Interest
Museums and Exhibitions
Surveillance and Privacy
Architecture and Memorial comments
HIV/AIDS and Cultural Form
Music and Concert Comments
Theater and Drama Comments
Culture, Digital Technology and the Internet
Cultural Production courses
Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies
Education and Cultural Production
Official Cultural Production website
Art and Human Rights
Hitting Close to Home: Art and Human Rights from Slavery to Guantanamo
An interdisciplinary symposium
UNDER DEVELOPMENT: Conference proceedings on YouTube (with student YouTube commentaries)
In conjunction with an
exhibition organized by Atem Aleu on artistic explorations of genocide in Sudan
, the Cultural Production program organized a symposium on art and human rights
, February 2-3, 2009 at Brandeis University.
Artistic and literary representational practices have long been vital in human rights discourses, as they were in discursive formations, including anti-slavery and anti-suttee campaigns, that preceded the emergence of "human rights" as a recognized site of knowledge and action. At times, such representations have allowed viewers a comforting or palatable degree of emotional and conceptual distance in contemplating far-away atrocities. This symposium is specifically concerned with works of art, witnessing, and documentation that profoundly collapse or challenge conventional mechanisms of "distance," forcing viewers and readers to confront violations of dignity and rights in their immediate environs, or that demand interlocutors reflect on their complicity in seemingly distant scenarios of violence and oppression. We give particular attention to representations of slavery and slave trades (historical and contemporary) and to the artistic, representational and documentary challenges raised by recent U.S.-sponsored practices of torture, detention and extraordinary rendition.
Monday, Feb 2, 2009 (4:00-5:00 pm.)
Starting the Conversation: Memorializing Guantanamo, Part I.
Roundtable participants: Julian Bonder, Janet Echelman, Michael Ratner, Moderated by Mark Auslander. (Feldberg Lounge, Hassenfeld Conference Center) Once the U.S. detention camps in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are closed, what should become of them? What art, monumental, memorial or museum projects might emerge on the sites or related locations around the world?
See YouTube segments on this roundtable:
(habeus corpus and related legal issues; Janet Echelman on the creative process)
(with Julian Bonder on 'premature' memorial efforts)
(on memorializing under conditions of absence; Julian Bonder)
Student YouTube commentaries on the first day of symposium (Museums and Public Memory, Anth 159a):
Jesse on Julian Bonder
Mark response to Jesse on Bonder
Shai on premature memorialization
Mark responds to Shai (re memorialization):
Sarah comments on Bonder, Bishara, and Aleu.
Mark's response to Sarah, re Bonder's concept of an 'ethics of deferral'
Monday, February 2, 2009 (
. Beyond the Shadows of Guantanamo: Restoring the Rule of Law in the Post-Bush World
Michael Ratner, (President, Center for Constitutional Rights)
Zinner Forum, Heller School, Brandeis University
Responses by Sharon Fray-Witzer, Andreas Teuber, Mark Auslander
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 from 12:00 noon-4:30 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan.
12:10 pm. Roundtable discussion on "Memorializing Trauma" Julian Bonder reviews his recent memorial projects, including the
Nantes Memorial to the Abolition of the Slave Trade
. Cindy Cohen, discussant.
Julian Bonder segment 1: discusses his work (on YouTube)
Julian Bonder segment 2: discusses his work
Ronya on Day 2 of the symposium (especially Bonder)
Mark responds to Ronya
Emily reflects on Bonder's Nantes slave trade memorial:
Mark responds to Emily re mimesis
* Theresa on the impossibilty of memorialization after 9-11 (not open to public) h
Mark responds to Theresa
1:00 p.m. Fernanda Senatori. (Cultural Production) Acting Together on the World Stage: An Emerging Video Project
1:15 Christine del Castillo. (Cultural Production) "The body is and is and has nowhere to go": Jenny Holzer’s Xenon Projections
1:30-1:40 p.m Break.
1:40-2:30 p.m. Amahl Bishara (Anthropology, Tufts University)
"Pride, Prison, & Politics: The Circulation of an Intifada Image."
Commentary by Gannit Ankori (Hebrew University), Ellen Schattschneider, and Charlie Radin.
See Pennie Taylor's YouTube commentary on Amahl Bishara's presentation in light of Julian Bonder:
Mark Auslander's response to Pennie (re olive trees, etc.)
Sarah on Amahl Bishara (middle third of video)
2:30-3:00 p.m. Mark Auslander. Memorializing Slavery in the American South: The Visual Politics of a Wounded Landscape
3:00-3:10 p.m. Break
3:10 p.m. Mark Falkoff (Northeastern Illinois University) Presentation on Human Rights and Literature: Poetry from Guantanamo.
Discussants: John Plotz and Mary Baine Campbell
4:30 p.m. Reception and Gallery talk by Atem Aleu. Schwartz Gallery
. Exhibition opening: ""Painting Faces on War: Spirit and Witness in the Art of Southern Sudanese Refugees"
Mark Auslander on Atem Aleu's painting denouncing rape in Dar Fur (again, in reference to Bonder's 'ethics of deferral')
Atem Aleu's gallery talk.
See a video essay by Mark Auslander about the imagery of flags at Camp Justice, the detention camp in Guantanamo, Cuba:
Organized by the M.A. Program in Cultural Production
Co-sponsors include: International and Global Studies; the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.//
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