The Center for Ideas and Society presents a Hot off the Presses Book talk with Susan Ossman, Department of Anthropology

"Shifting Worlds, Shaping Fieldwork, a Memoir of Anthropology and Art"

Reflecting on fieldwork for the twenty-first century, anthropologist and artist Susan Ossman invites readers on a journey across North Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. She reveals that fieldwork today is not only about being immersed in a place or culture; instead, it is an active way of focusing attention and engendering encounters and experiences. She conceives a new kind of autoethnography, making art and ethnography equal partners to follow three "waves" of her research on media, globalization, and migration.

Ossman guides the reader through diverse settings, including a colonial villa in Casablanca, a Cairo beauty salon, a California mall-turned-gallery, the Berlin Wall, and Amsterdam’s Hermitage museum. She delves into the entanglements of solitary research and collective action.

Discussion panel to include:

Cindy Rinne
Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein
Sue Roginski
Erith Jaffe-Berg
Susan Ossman


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