Geosocial Encounters

Thursday, 19 September 2019Friday, 20 September 2019

Geosocial Encounters

Symposium and Film Series

Presented by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities 

Geosocial Encounters connects documentary artists with researchers and scholar-filmmakers in the environmental humanities. What can video art, experimental documentary, and sensory ethnography teach us about the practice of critical urban, spatial, and environmental research? Conversely, how are scholar-filmmakers utilizing audiovisual tools and contributing to these genres of film and video art? For more information, please contact Meg Arenberg.


September 19, Film Screening | Slought

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM | Welcome Reception

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Public Film Screening 
Hijacked (dir. Shambhavi Kaul, 2015, 15 mins)
Not Ok (dir. Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer, 2018, 37 mins)
Night Noon (dir. Shambhavi Kaul, 2014, 12 mins) 

September 20, Presentations and Discussions | Wolf Humanities Center

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Breakfast

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM | Welcome
Guiding Questions & Concerns | Ben Mendelsohn

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM | Panel 1: Land, Memory, and Indigenous Histories 
The making of Lordville (2015)” | artist talk by Rea Tajiri (Temple)
“The Radical Unreal: Displacing History, Unsettling Place” | Toby Lee (NYU)
Moderator: Sabiha Khan (University of Texas, El Paso)

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM | Interlude: The Map is the Script
Peter Bo Rappmund in dialogue with Leo Goldsmith

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM | Panel 2: Gesturing Surfaces: Video Art & Spatial Praxis
Video works by Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib in dialogue with Rizvana Bradley (Yale)

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | Lunch

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM | Panel 3: Sonic Ecologies
Ecological Sensibilities and Documentary Sound | Selmin Kara (OCAD)
Columbia River Treaty Sites | field recordings by Adam Diller (Temple)
Moderator: Ernst Karel (Harvard/Penn)

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM | Interlude: Ineffable Landscapes
Artist talk by Shambhavi Kaul (Duke)
Moderator: Nancy Lee Roane (Penn) 

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM | Closing Roundtable: Geosocial Knowledge Practices
Deb Thomas (Penn)
Cymene Howe (Rice)
Bethany Wiggin (Penn)
Moderators: Ben Mendelsohn and Rahul Mukherjee (Penn)

5:30 PM  - 6:30 PM | Closing Reception


Free and open to the public. 

The symposium is co-organized by Dr. Rahul Mukherjee, Assistant Professor of Television and New Media Studies, and Dr. Ben Mendelsohn, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities.

Support from Penn’s Department of English, Cinema and Media Studies Program, Center for Experimental Ethnography, South Asia Center, and Wolf Humanities Center