• Contributors

*All bios are current to the date of the contributor’s publication.

Marié Abe is an ethnomusicologist, accordionist, composer, and improviser. She completed her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. Her most recent work focuses on sound, spatiality and empathy in public spaces in contemporary Japan. She is also co-producer of an NPR radio documentary, “Squeezebox Stories,” airing in summer 2011.

Ximena Alarcón is a UK-based Colombian new media artist who focuses on listening to social context related sound, connecting it to individual and collective memories. She nourishes her practice with ethnography, looks for expression in voice and body, and uses networking technologies to interconnect different locations and perspectives of life. She completed her PhD in Music, Technology and Innovation at De Montfort University and was awarded with The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship 2007-2009 to develop “Sounding Underground” at De Montfort’s Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT). She is an Associate Researcher at the IOCT, and currently studies Deep Listening practice developing an art-healing project called Networking Migrations.

Alexandra Dalferro received her BA from Columbia University in 2009. She first visited Thailand and became interested in migration issues when she studied abroad in Khon Kaen in 2007. From 2009 to 2010 Alexandra researched migrant lottery ticket sellers as a Fulbright scholar in Bangkok. She currently lives in Bangkok and works at the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre.

Chinnie Ding is a doctoral candidate in English at Harvard. Her main research interests include poetry, Asia, cinema, and the arts. Based in New York, she teaches courses on labor and sensory studies at NYU Gallatin, and is an occasional contributor to Artforumonline.

Peter Doolan is an independent researcher of Thai music. Through several stays in Thailand, he has tried to learn all he can about the country’s many styles of music. He has been sharing his collection of Thai cassettes and knowledge of the music’s history at his blog Mon Rak Pleng Thai since 2008. He currently live in Brooklyn, New York.

Alex Fattal is a Ph.D. Candidate in Social Anthropology at Harvard University. His dissertation “Guerrilla Marketing: Information War and the Demobilization of the FARC” explores the conjugation of counterinsurgency, marketing, and humanitarianism in the Program for Humanitarian Attention to the Demobilized within the Colombian Ministry of Defense. Alex has produced experimental ethnographic videos, founded participatory photography projects and studied the role of photography in the South African liberation struggle. Between 2009 and 2011, Alex put his academic work aside to lead an international campaign to free his brother from arbitrary detention in Iran.

Steven Feld is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Music at the University of New Mexico. His research concerns the anthropology of sound and senses, at ethnographic sites in Papua New Guinea, Europe, Japan, Ghana, and Togo. His books include: Sound and Sentiment (1982/1990), Senses of Place (with Keith Basso, 1996) and Jean Rouch: Ciné-Ethnography (editor/transl., 2003). As a musician, composer, and phonographer he has produced many CDs and radio programs. His most recent project, on jazz cosmopolitanism in Accra, Ghana, is published in DVDs, CDs, and a forthcoming book. He has received fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (1991), and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2003-4). His media arts label VoxLox publishes art/anthropology in all media; www.voxlox.net.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald is an observer of Thai politics and history concerned with the ways in which law, rather than protecting citizens, becomes the method by which they are dispossessed of rights.

Rebecca Dowd Geoffroy is a Ph.D. student in musicology at Duke University. She performs in Duke’s Collegium Musicum and the Duke New Music Ensemble [dnme]. Her current research focuses on music and politics during the French Revolution.

Kathryn Linn Geurts is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she teaches classes on medical and psychological anthropology, ethnographic methods, African Studies and Disability Studies. She has carried out research in Ghana for over twenty years, most recently as a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009-10), and is the author of Culture and the Senses: Bodily Ways of Knowing in an African Community (2003).

Nicholaus Gutierrez is a Master’s Candidate at NYU, with a focus on literary theory and continental philosophy. He is also a contributing deputy editor for the NYU student publication Anamesa.

Tyrell Haberkorn is a scholar-activist based in the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University. She is the author of Revolution Interrupted: Farmers, Students, Law, and Violence in Northern Thailand (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011) and is now working on a history of impunity for state violence in Thailand since 1932.

Stefan Helmreich is Professor of Anthropology at MIT, where he teaches classes on sound studies, the history of computing, and the scientific making and unmaking of categories of race, gender, and sexuality. He is the author of Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas (California, 2009).

Jen Heuson is a scholar and media artist currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her work critically engages the mediated production, consumption, and circulation of knowledge, sentiment, memory, identity, and culture during travel. Specifically, she investigates the role of sound in the tourist experience, exploring how what is heard shapes who we are as individuals, as communities, as nations. Jen holds an MA in Film Studies and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam. For more about Jen and her collaborative film and audio work, visit www.smallgauge.org

David Howes is Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal, and the Director of the Centre for Sensory Studies. He holds two degrees in law and three degrees in anthropology. His research interests span the fields of law, commerce, consumption, cross-cultural psychology, the senses and aesthetics. His latest book is The Sixth Sense Reader (Berg 2009). See generally www.david-howes.com and www.sensorystudies.org.

Sarah E. Igo is an Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt University who teaches and writes about modern American cultural and intellectual history. She is the author of The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens and the Making of a Mass Public (2007), and is currently at work on a cultural history of modern privacy. Igo has held fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Whiting Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She also founded and co-directs the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education, a national-level initiative to promote the liberal arts.

Tim Ingold is the Chair in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. His research interests include: ecological approaches in anthropology and psychology; comparative anthropology of hunter-gatherer and pastoral societies; human-animal relations; relations between biological, psychological and anthropological approaches to culture and social life; environmental perception; language, technology and skilled practice; anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture; and the anthropology of lines and line-making. His many publications include Lines: a brief history (2007), The perception of the environment: essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill (2000), and The appropriation of nature: essays on human ecology and social relations (1986).

Heidi Jackson was born in Sierra Leone and is an artist and teacher who lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Her work examines absence, memory and the quietness of natural space and these themes are predominantly explored through depictions of the New Zealand landscape where she spent her childhood. Although trained as a printmaker and graphic artist, she now works in small palm sized paintings. She is the Mother of 2 small children and is currently teaching Visual Arts at Sydney Girls Grammar School.

Michael D. Jackson is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School and an award-winning author. His work has been strongly influenced by critical theory, American pragmatism, and existential-phenomenological thought. He has conducted ethnographic research in Sierra Leone and Aboriginal Australia and is the author of numerous books including: Paths Toward a Clearing (1989), Minima Ethnographica (1998), At Home in the World (2000), The Palm at the End of the Mind: Relatedness, Religiosity, and the Real (2010), and Life Within Limits: Wellbeing in a World of Want (2011). He has also published three novels, a memoir, and six books of poetry.

Ernst Karel is Lecturer on Anthropology, Assistant Director of the Film Study Center, and Lab Manager for the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. A musician, sound recordist, composer, and anthropologist of sound, his two newest CD releases, on the Gruenrekorder and and/OAR record labels, are constructed with unmanipulated location recordings, and edited as imageless observational cinema. Other recent sound work based on location recordings makes use of four-, five-, and eight-channel recording and exhibition formats. He also performs and records improvised experimental electronic and electroacoustic music using modular analog electronics; current collaborations include the electroacoustic duo project EKG with Kyle Bruckmann, and the New England Phonographers Union. In addition to his own work, he also does sound editing, mixing, and sound design for nonfiction and experimental film and video.

Nicole Labruto is a PhD candidate in the History, Anthropology, Science, Technology and Society program at MIT. Her research examines sustainability in the context of waste-to-energy technologies in Brazil. She is also interested in the phenomenology of waste.

Taylor Lowe is an architect, lecturer, and writer living and working in Bangkok. After completing his M.Arch degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Taylor began working with S+PBA in Bangkok. He is now an architect at AND and a lecturer in the International Program in Design and Architecture (INDA) at Chulalongkorn University, where he also is the Coordinator of the History and Theory curriculum. His critical writings in architectural theory have garnered both the Berkhardt Prize and the Schiff Prize, and his design work has been exhibited in galleries in Delhi, Ladakh, Bangkok, Chicago and Berlin.

Louise Ma is a graphic designer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Her work revolves around translating ideas into graphics, which includes an ongoing project called What Love Looks Like.

Mue Meut is a student of Thai history interested in the techniques Thais and others use to visualize power and agency in contemporary society. His stance is that the images deployed by various groups to help conceptualize social phenomena have a very tangible, though not always obvious, effect on the way history is understood. It makes sense, then, to examine the epistemological roots of these techniques, especially if one hopes to make sense of the way political conflict plays out in the Kingdom.

Darren Mueller is currently a PhD student in the music department at Duke University, where he researches and writes about jazz, recording technology, and musical performance. His work as a writer and researcher includes contributions to the Duke Performances blog, The Thread, and to the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, housed at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Kara Oehler is Co-Founder/Documentary Arts + Media Innovation Fellow at metaLAB (at) Harvard. She is a radio documentary producer and media artist whose work over the past decade has focused upon pushing the boundaries of narrative journalism both on the air and across multiple platforms, combining investigative storytelling with participatory media, building new systems and opportunities for education and artistic practice. Kara is the creator of multiple transmedia projects on which she has pioneered new forms of interactive experience, including the collaborative documentary Mapping Main Street; Capitol of Punk, featured in MoMA’s Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition; Zeega; and the UnionDocs Collaborative. More at www.karaoehler.net

Juan Orrantia (b. Bogota, Colombia), works on nonfiction projects that explore the evocative and critical possibilities of photography and multimedia. With a background in anthropology and documentary studies, his series address questions of memory, violence, intimacy, (dis)location and the everyday. See Juan’s work here.

Heather Paxson is Associate Professor in Anthropology at MIT, where she teaches classes on food and culture, craft practice, gender and family, and ethnographic research. She is the author of Making Modern Mothers: Ethics and Family Planning in Urban Greece (2004) and The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America, due to be published November 2012 with University of California Press.

Joana Pimenta is a media researcher and artist, working with video, digital media and installation art. She is a PhD student in Film and Visual Studies and Critical Media Practice at Harvard, and works at the metaLAB. Her research focuses on cinematic objects, installation and systems art. She has previously studied and held research positions in Lisbon, Paris and Amsterdam, as well as directed short films and worked in film production, digital media and curation projects.

Craig J. Reynolds is a historian of Southeast Asia. Recent publications include “Rural Male Leadership, Religion and the Environment in Thailand’s Mid-South, 1920s-1960s,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Feb. 2011) and “The Social Bases of Autocratic Rule in Thailand” in Bangkok May 2010: Perspectives on a Divided Thailand (Singapore 2012). He reviews English and Thai books online at New Mandala. See more of his work here.

Jeffrey T. Schnapp Before moving to Harvard in 2011, Jeffrey T. Schnapp occupied the Pierotti Chair of Italian Studies at Stanford, where he founded the Stanford Humanities Lab in 2000. A cultural historian with research interests extending from antiquity to the present, his most recent books are Speed Limits (Skira, 2009) and The Electric Information Age Book (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011). His Trento Tunnels project — a 6000 sq. meter pair of highway tunnels in Northern Italy repurposed as a history museum– was featured in the Italian pavilion of the 2010 Venice Biennale.

Benjamin Tausig is a PhD Candidate in ethnomusicology at New York University. He conducted fieldwork on sound and public space in Bangkok during the 2010-11 protests while on a Fulbright Scholarship, and is currently writing his dissertation while on a Mellon Fellowship.

Amy Trubek is an associate professor in the Nutrition and Food Science department at the University of Vermont. Trained as a cultural anthropologist and chef, her research interests include the history of the culinary profession, globalization of the food supply, the relationship between taste and place, and cooking as a cultural practice. She is the
author of Haute Cuisine: How the French Invented the Culinary Profession (2000) and The Taste of Place: A Cultural Journey into Terroir (2008) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. For more information on her current research, see her profile at the University of Vermont’s website.

Brad Weiss is Professor of Anthropology at the College of William & Mary. An editor of the Journal of Religion in Africa for over ten years, his work examines the production of value as a symbolic, embodied, and political economic process. Weiss is the author of The Making and Unmaking of the Haya Lived World: Consumption and Commoditization in Everyday Practice (Duke University Press 1996), Sacred Trees, Bitter Harvests: Globalizing Coffee in Northwest Tanzania(Heinemann 2003), and Street Dreams and Hip Hop Barbershops: Global Fantasy in Urban Tanzania (Indiana 2009). He currently serves as the President of the Society for Cultural Anthropology.

Gavin Williams comes from the valleys of south Wales and has studied music at Oxford and London. He is currently writing a dissertation at Harvard on the politics of sound media in early twentieth-century Italy, in the realms of futurism, opera, and, lately, Deaf studies.

Mark Peter Wright is an artist, lecturer and researcher working across sound, video, assemblage and performance. His practice critically explores the relationship between humans, animals, environments and their associated technologies of capture: playfully and poignantly animating the rituals and constructs behind what he calls these “humanimentical” relations. He has exhibited and spoken at various international galleries and institutes including Flat-Time House, GV Art, ICA, IMT Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Rome, Paccar Gallery, Parasol Unit, Platform A, South London Gallery, TATE, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, University of Copenhagen and Harvard University. Recent publications and anthology contributions can be found via Caught by the River, Corbel Stone Press, Gruenrekorder, Interference Journal and Uniform Books. More at: http://markpeterwright.net

Julia Yezbick is a filmmaker, artist, and anthropologist based in Detroit. She received her PhD in Media Anthropology and Critical Media Practice from Harvard University and an MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. Her audio and video works have shown at the Berlinale–Forum Expanded, MOMA PS1, the New York Library for Performing Arts, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit. She is the founding Editor of Sensate, and co-directs Mothlight Microcinema in Detroit.

Emily Zeamer is a Social Anthropologist (PhD Harvard 2008) interested in how private religion – defined as a sense of the spiritual and moral in the everyday world – is woven into modern life. Her current ethnographic research in contemporary Bangkok, Thailand, looks specifically at how aspects of religious tradition inform the ways that Buddhist Thais imagine and use modern techniques and technologies in their everyday lives. Emily is also working to complete a series of short films which explore material sensory dimensions of urban life in the modern megacity of Bangkok, including human encounters with the built landscape, traffic, and trash.