Departmental Lecturer for Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology
The research for my Oxford DPhil was with Japanese diving women (ama, women who dive for shellfish and seaweed) and fishermen in Mie Prefecture. Kuzaki, the village in which I worked, still functioned as a sacred guild (kambe) for Ise Shrine, the most sacred Shinto Shrine in Japan. This combination of occupation and religious life required me to begin thinking about religion in Japan as well as the broader context of religion in modern societies; while also considering the importance of age and gender in organising religious events and village life, all under the general umbrella of maritime anthropology! Kuzaki also was part of the domestic tourism boom that was important in 1980s Japan, and for several years I wrote about and taught the anthropology of tourism, as well as on Japanese culture and society, and general anthropological theory at SOAS.
Subsequent periods in Japan have been spent working on various aspects of Japanese popular culture. I have more recently published on various areas to do with the anthropology of mass media: Remaking Kurosawa in 2009; (as editor) Documenting the Beijing Olympics in 2010; and (as co-editor) Football: from England to the World in 2009. As well as continuing to write and publish on gender, religion and society, I am hoping to take my media interest in different directions with new research on the anthropology of fear; feminism in science fiction films and thinking about the mediatization of science in the mass media.
Christian Suhr is a filmmaker, associate professor, and coordinator of the Eye & Mind MSc-Track of Visual Anthropology at Aarhus University. The coming five years he will as PI dedicate his time to the ERC-project: “Heart Openings: The Experience and Cultivation of Love in Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam”. His previous research has focused on invisible spirits, psychiatric illnesses, demonic and divine forces, and how film can be used to approach unseen dimensions of human life. He has explored these topics during fieldwork projects in Egypt, Papua New Guinea, and Denmark.
He is the author of the recent book Descending with angels: Islamic exorcism and psychiatry, a film monograph (Manchester University Press 2019, www.descendingwithangels.com) based on a feature length film of the same title. In addition he is the director of Unity through culture (with Ton Otto, DER 2011), Ngat is dead (with Ton Otto and Steffen Dalsgaard, DER 2009) and Want a camel, yes? (with Mette Bahnsen, Persona Film 2005). Suhr’s edited work includes Transcultural montage (Berghahn 2013), When the media sets the agenda (DJØF 2021) and the special journal issue Camera as cultural critique (Visual Anthropology 31.4 2018).
Dr. K.P. Jayasankar is a retired Professor, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. He is involved in media production, teaching and research. Jointly with Anjali Monteiro, he has made over forty documentaries and won several awards. Among their most recent awards are the Basil Wright Prize 2013 for So Heddan So Hoddan (Like Here Like There) and Jury’s commendation in the Intangible Culture category 2019 for A Delicate Weave at the Royal Anthropological Institute Festival, UK. Along with Monteiro, he was an invited artist at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, where Saacha (The Loom) was showcased as an installation. Prof. Jayasankar is a cameraperson, editor and graphic designer. He has mentored many student and fellowship documentary film projects as commissioning editor. He has written in scholarly journals and co-authored two books. He is a recipient of several fellowships, including the DAAD scholarship at Heidelberg University, the Howard Thomas Memorial Commonwealth fellowship at Goldsmith’s College, London, the Erasmus Mundus scholarship at Lund University and the Key Technology Partner scholarship at University of Technology Sydney. More about his work at http://www.monteiro-jayasankar.com/
Dr. Anjali Monteiro retired in 2020 as Professor and Dean from the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. She is a documentary filmmaker, media researcher and teacher. Jointly with K.P. Jayasankar, she has made over 40 documentary films, many of which have been screened at film festivals, winning thirty-three awards. She writes on documentary film, media and cultural studies. She has co-authored (with K.P. Jayasankar) the national award-winning book A Fly in the Curry: Independent Documentary Film in India (Sage, 2016) and co-edited the book DigiNaka: Subaltern Politics and Digital Media in Post-Capitalist India, (Orient Blackswan, 2020). She has been a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer at UC Berkeley, an ICCR Visiting Professor at University of Technology Sydney, and a Howard Thomas Memorial Commonwealth fellow at University of Western Sydney. She has been active in campaigns against censorship. More about her work at http://www.monteiro-jayasankar.com/ .