Mike Poltorak

Dr Mike Poltorak is an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent.  Inspired by two years of  integrating video with medical anthropological research on traditional healing and strongly influenced by the vernacular use of video in Tonga, he celebrates the transformative relationship between filmmaker and subjects to creating films with integrity and community value. He led the visual anthropology programme at the University of Kent for ten years. His filmography includes ethnographic documentaries on Tongan comedy, volunteers in an intentional community in Sweden, and the dance form of contact improvisation. His most recent documentary- The Healer and Psychiatrist – has screened at international documentary film festivals and won the best feature film at the Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival 2020. 

Raminder Kaur

Raminder Kaur is professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. She is the author of Kudankulam: The Story of an Indo-Russian Nuclear Power Plant (2020); Atomic Mumbai: Living with the Radiance of a Thousand Suns (2013); and Performative Politics and the Cultures of Hinduism (2003/5). She is also co-author of Adventure Comics and Youth Cultures in India (with Saif Eqbal, 2018), Diaspora and Hybridity (with Virinder Kalra and John Hutnyk, 2005); and co-editor of several other books. Aside from her academic writing, she is a scriptwriter, theatre producer and filmmaker www.sohayavisions.com