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Creating collaborative media in southwest China

Anthropologist of China Tami Blumenfield, an assistant professor of Asian studies at Furman University, gave a talk titled, “Creating collaborative media in southwest China,” on Tuesday, March 7 in Stern 103 as part of the Tanaka Asian Lecture Series.

Blumenfield’s talk focused on a 10-year media project established in southwest China, including the production of a documentary and the process of creating a joint photo exhibit. She also described the impact of politics on the project and the practicality of long-term collaborative relationships.

Blumenfield holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from the University of Washington, as well as a B.A. from Oberlin College. Her research interests are in participatory media production, tourism, gender, resilience and the emergence of inequality in her primary research site of Southwest China where the Na and Nuosu people live. Among the courses she teaches at Furman are “Anthropology of China,” “Gender in East Asia” and “Media in Asia.”

The Tanaka Asian Studies Lecture Series is supported by the Tanaka Memorial Foundation. Since 1992, the Foundation has had an extensive relationship with the Colleges, providing opportunities for intellectual growth and education to both faculty and students on the HWS campus. Most recently, the Tanaka Series hosted Professor of Asian studies and geography at Bard College at Simon’s Rock Chris Coggins.

The event was coordinated by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee, who joined the HWS faculty in 2008. He has authored a number of articles on China’s water and energy and has presented his work at conferences and institutes throughout the world, including Oxford University, the University of Colorado and the National Youth Science Foundation. He has also served as a fellow of the prestigious Rocky Mountain Institute, which helped to formulate a low-carbon energy future for China.

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