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MemberKate Wright

I am currently a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Centre, Ludwix-Maximilians Universität in Munich, and my research is situated at the interface of environmental philosophy, community engagement, and social and environmental activism. Through innovative, participatory research projects I employ multispecies and anticolonial methodologies to work toward social and environmental justice. From 2014 – 2019 I was a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of New England. In this position, I collaborated with Anaiwan, Dunghutti, Gumbaynggirr and Gamilaroi people to develop and maintain a community garden on a block of land that was once part of the East Armidale Aboriginal Reserve. The community garden pioneered decolonial methods of participatory research. It simultaneously functioned as a platform for cultural revival and anticolonial activism and a field site for slow and responsive multispecies ethnography. I am spending my time at the Rachel Carson Center working on a monograph documenting this project. You can read more about the community garden project at armidalecommunitygarden.org My first book, Transdisciplinary Journeys in the Anthropocene: More-than-human Encounters, was published with the Routledge Environmental Humanities Series in 2017.

MemberBruce O'Neill

Bruce O’Neill is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and in the Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis Unviersity. His ethnographic research explores the social and spatial dimensions of urban inequality, particularly in Bucharest, Romania, where he has conducted fieldwork since 2006. Professor O’Neill’s first book, The Space of Boredom: Homelessness in the Slowing Global Order (Duke University Press, 2017) uses boredom as a window into the cultural politics of displacement from the global economy. His next book project, The Roots of Urbanism, is an ethnography of subterranean Bucharest. With support from the Wenner Gren Foundation, the fieldwork examines the way post-socialist urban life unfolds underground in Metro stations, basements, and cemeteries, for example. Professor O’Neill’s research appears in such journals as Public Culture (27:2), Cultural Anthropology (29:1), Environment and Planning D (28:2), and a special issue of Ethnography (13:4), which he co-edited.

MemberShirin A. Khanmohamadi

I am an Associate Professor of premodern literature in the Comparative and World Literature department at San Francisco State University, where I’ve been teaching since 2005.  My location in a Comparative and World Literature department means that my teaching necessarily extends beyond my training as in European and Mediterranean studies to embrace the literatures of premodern Asia, Africa and the Americas.  My research and writing is likewise marked by comparative methods and interdisciplinarity: my first book, In Light of Another’s Word: European Ethnography in the Middle Ages (UPenn, 2014), considered postcolonial critical-anthropological critiques of colonial ethnographic description and the ethnographic gaze in order to bring into sharp relief the differences of premodern ethnographic representation, namely its dialogism, particularly where European description predated colonial control.  In showing a Latin Europe incorporative and integrative of the voices and perspectives of its (internal and external) others, I was also interested in the open-ended nature of European identity in its formative period. My current book project continues this interest while returning me to the complex ‘matter of Saracens,’ which first drew me to the study of the Middle Ages.  Rethinking Saracens and their Objects in the Epic: Translation, Association, Desire deploys translatio/n theory and material culture studies to read the movement of symbolic objects associated with Muslim imperial authority in chansons de geste and chronicles as evidence of European desire for ‘prestigious association’ with various Islamicate empires in the Middle Ages.  I thereby call for renewed attention, through the work of these critically neglected objects, to  ‘the Arabic role’ (Menocal 1987) in Europe’s cultural and imperial self-fashioning. I’m honored to have been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the MLA Forum, CCLS: Medieval, for the term 2019-24.    

MemberFrans Prasetyo

 Frans Ari Prasetyo (fransariprasetyo@gmail.com) is an independent researcher and photographer. His interests are the evolution of urban politics, culture and sub-cultures, artists and underground activists, using a methodology that is strongly community-research based and relies on urban culture/planning, visual anthropology/ethnography. He join in Ethnography Lab – University of Toronto