Annotation: Naficy, Hamid. 2001. An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking.

Naficy, Hamid. 2001. An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. “Within every transnational culture beats the hearts of multiple displaced but situated cultures interacting with one another” (6). The author calls accented cinema the diasporic and exilic films which can be contrasted with dominant Western cinema. Accented films are “interstitial” … Continue reading Annotation: Naficy, Hamid. 2001. An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking.

Annotation: Manalansan, Martin F. 2003. Global Divas.

Manalansan, Martin F. 2003. Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press. The book fills a gap in the literature on globalization and transnationalism through an ethnography of Filipino gay (bakla) immigrants in New York, and the processes of identity formation in their everyday life. Manalansan discusses: the permeable boundaries of … Continue reading Annotation: Manalansan, Martin F. 2003. Global Divas.

Annotation: Diaz-Barriga, Miguel. 2008. Distracción: Notes on Cultural Citizenship, Visual Ethnography

Diaz-Barriga, Miguel. 2008. Distracción: Notes on Cultural Citizenship, Visual Ethnography, and Mexican Migration to Pennsylvania. Visual Anthropology Review, 24(2):133-147. In contrast to previous literature on cultural citizenship that focuses on "space" (Holston and Appadurai 1999; Flores and Benmayor 1997), the author suggests to pay attention to the “structures of belonging” as a way to understand … Continue reading Annotation: Diaz-Barriga, Miguel. 2008. Distracción: Notes on Cultural Citizenship, Visual Ethnography

Annotation: Irving, Andrew. 2007. Ethnography, Art, and Death

Irving, Andrew. 2007. Ethnography, Art, and Death. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.), 13:185-208. Using photography and performance methods, Irving “stages” encounters with the residents of Kampala, Uganda, with the goal of mapping the city through their emotions and memories. In Irving's fieldwork performance called Life as it is lived (2000), he interviews an … Continue reading Annotation: Irving, Andrew. 2007. Ethnography, Art, and Death

Annotation: MacDougall, David. 2006. The Corporeal Image

MacDougall, David. 2006. The Corporeal Image: Film, Ethnography, and the Senses. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. MacDougall writes that meaning is created by the whole body, and contests the idea that thought contains only words. He proposes to “reexamine the relation between seeing, thinking, and knowing, and the complex nature of thought itself” (2). Film … Continue reading Annotation: MacDougall, David. 2006. The Corporeal Image

Annotation: Taylor, Diana. 1998. Border Watching.

Taylor, Diana. 1998. Border Watching. In, The Ends of Performance. Peggy Phelan and Jill Lane (eds). Pp. 178-185. New York and London: New York University Press. This article is about the politics of looking, and while we constantly look across borders (national, ethnic, cultural), “the issue is not if, but how we look” (180). At … Continue reading Annotation: Taylor, Diana. 1998. Border Watching.

Annotation: Reason, Matthew. 2006. Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance

Reason, Matthew. 2006. Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Contributing to the continuing debates about the ephemerality/disppearance of performance as it unfolds, Reason suggests for his readers to reflect on “what exists outside or beyond or after live performance itself” (2). Documentation is an interrogative opportunity, in which performance … Continue reading Annotation: Reason, Matthew. 2006. Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance

Annotation: Roach, Joseph. 1996. Cities of the Dead

Roach, Joseph. 1996. Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance. Roach uses the term “circum-Atlantic world" to denote a vast “behavioral vortex” (30), in which various spectacles of cultural surrogation can be observed. More specifically, he studies London and New Orleans as spaces for both encounter and exchange, and is interested in the “restless migrations” (xii) … Continue reading Annotation: Roach, Joseph. 1996. Cities of the Dead

Annotation: McKay, Deirdre. 2010. On the Face of Facebook

McKay, Deirdre. 2010. On the Face of Facebook: Historical Images and Personhood in Filipino Social Networking. History & Anthropology, 21(4):479-498. Exploring the use of historical images as profile photos by her 43 Filipino “friends” on Facebook, McKay suggests that photographs are not merely “prosthetic biographies” (Cecilia Lury 1988), but are also aspects of others and … Continue reading Annotation: McKay, Deirdre. 2010. On the Face of Facebook

Annotation: Enriquez, Virgilio. 2008. From Colonial to Liberation Psychology

Enriquez, Virgilio. 2008. From Colonial to Liberation Psychology: The Philippine Experience. Quezon City: University of the Philippines The Sikolohiyang Pilipino (Philippine psychology) movement, as the author writes, is a call for action. The movement promotes a Philippine psychology that “seeks to put things in their proper perspective and check the imbalance resulting from extreme reliance … Continue reading Annotation: Enriquez, Virgilio. 2008. From Colonial to Liberation Psychology