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Save the Date: Webinar on Ethnography and Film with Dr. Harjant Gill

Harjant-GillOn May 8, 2014 at 2 PM Harjant Gill will lead the fourth installment of AAA’s Webinar Wednesday (mixing it up on THURSDAY).  Harjant Gill is an assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University in 2012. His research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and migration in India. Gill is also an award-winning filmmaker and has made several films that have screened at film festivals and academic conferences worldwide. His latest documentary, Roots of Love explores the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs and is currently being screened on BBC World News, BBC America, Doordarshan (Indian National TV) and on PBS channels nationwide. Dr. Gill is currently co-directing the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Film & Media Festival. His website is www.TilotamaProductions.com

Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we will feature several of the photos in a blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Roots of Love
Photo Courtesy of Harjant Gill
Contest Category: People
Caption: An elderly Sikh man reflect of his past by through pictures of his family that line the shelves of his living room. Chandigarh India 2010.

Find your best photos from the last two years…the 2012 AAA Photo Contest opened April 23! Winning photographs will be displayed at the 111th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. View contest details.

Missed last week’s photo? Click here.

AAA member and filmmaker featured in film festival

Roots of Love is part of the 12th Annual DC Asian Pacific Film Festival and will screen on Friday, October 7 at 9:15 pm at the Goethe-Institut as part of the shorts program “Losing Roots, Finding Home”  Тhe documentary, directed by Harjant Gill, depicts the generational shifts in the significance of hair and the turban among Sikhs in India. Cutting your hair can lead to cutting ties with your family and community.

Told through the stories of six different men ranging in age from fourteen to eighty-six, Roots of Love documents the changing significance of hair and the turban among Sikhs in India. We see younger Sikh men abandoning their hair and turban to follow the current fashion trends, while the older generation struggles to retain the visible symbols of their religious identity. The film is a timely and relevant exploration of the inherent conflict between tradition and modernity, between pragmatism and faith. The choice of cutting one’s hair is one that not only concerns the individual and his family, but an entire community.

An interview with Gill aired on WAMU 88.5 American University Radio’s Interfaith Voices on Sunday, October 2nd at 4:00 PM. Listen online at http://wamu.org/

Watch the film trailer:

The APA Film Festival is scheduled for 7 days from October 6 to October 15. In addition to paid programs, APA Film will offer programs that are entirely FREE to the public at the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries. For information about feature and short films, Opening and Closing Night reception and much more, please visit www.apafilm.org

- Chicago South Asian Film Festival, October 2011 
- DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, October 2011
- Tasveer – Seattle South Asian Film Festival  October 2011
- Annual Public Anthropology Conference at American University, Washington DC, October 2011
- Annual South Asia Studies Conference at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, October 2011
- New Directions in South Asian Diaspora Research Conference at Yale University, November 2011
- Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival, Annual American Anthropology Association Conference in Montreal, November 2011


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