Fall Events and Talks - Boulder, Toronto, Denver

Happy almost Fall! I've arrived in Denver and started work in the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I have a few events and talks coming up - in Boulder, Toronto, and Denver - that I wanted to share with you. If you are in the area, it would be great to see you there.

Thanks for your support!

More details about each event below:

Silkscreen Print in Studio, 2010

Silkscreen Print in Studio, 2010

Engaged Anthropology: Responsibility and Scholarship in the Current Political Moment
University of Colorado, Boulder
September 25, 2015 at 10:45AM


I'll be a discussant on the panel, "Politics of Positionality and Engagement" for the Graduate Student Anthropology Conference on Engaged Anthropology. Find the full schedule here.


Photograph by Donnalyn Anthony, 2011

Photograph by Donnalyn Anthony, 2011

"Shooting in the Streets: Black Women Photographers and Documentary Practices”
American Studies Association Meetings in Toronto, Canada
October 10, 2015 at 10AM


In the talk, "Shooting in the Streets: Black Women Photographers and Documentary Practices” I discuss the intersections of photographic practice, race, gender, and public space. Street photography pictures life in public spaces. A person sitting on a bench waiting for the bus. A grandmother reaching out for a child’s hand as they cross the street. The way the street lights look as they reflect off store windows and black pavement. Along with these images, the space and idea of the ‘street’ or the ‘city’ conjures many images including bustling activity, commerce, danger, prostitution, drugs, and crime. The spaces of the street have a structure and a rhythm that normalizes who can freely negotiate its terrain. The work of women documentary photographers opens up new ways of seeing and experiencing the daily lives, practices, and nuances of public life. Further, attention to the ways street photography has been regulated by race and gender makes clear how the work of women photographers has been largely unseen as well as the implications of the images they produce.


FotoKonbit* participant photo, Haiti. Collaborative project, Noelle Théard.

FotoKonbit* participant photo, Haiti. Collaborative project, Noelle Théard.

"Looking Again: Race and Gender in the Practice of Photography and Ethnography"
American Anthropological Association Meetings in Denver, Colorado
November 20, 2015 at 4PM


In the book chapter, “Contemporary Black Photographic Practice in Miami, Florida: Noelle Théard and Donnalyn Anthony” in Transatlantic Feminisms: Women and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora, I write about race, gender, photography, and transnational feminisms through a focus on practice. The practice of making art. The practice of picturing people. The practice of research and writing ethnography. This focus on practice shifts attention to how things and ideas are formulated. Importantly, in this book about the multiple definitions of feminisms, research about practice, opens up the space for defining, redefining, and differences. In this paper, I will discuss the chapter on black photographic practice and the works of Noelle Théard and Donnalyn Anthony. I reflect on the research, writing, discussion, and revision that were instrumental in the process of this ethnographic chapter, and research on artists overall.

*Special Note: FotoKonbit is currently running a funding campaign for new projects in Brooklyn and Port-Au-Prince! Contribute ASAP and receive photos and other items from the project: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fotokonbit-haiti-to-brooklyn#/story