Creating „Light in Dark Times”: Art and Anthropology in Graphic Form

Serdecznie zapraszamy na spotkanie z prof. Alisse Waterston i Charlotte Corden, autorkami wyjątkowej książki Light in Dark Times: The Human Search for Meaning.

We cordially invite you to a discussion with Alisse Waterston and Charlotte Corden, the authors of the unique book Light in Dark Times: The Human Search for Meaning.

27.04. 2021// 7 PM Warsaw time
ZOOM Meetings

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In this joint presentation, an anthropologist-writer and an artist-anthropologist reflect on aspects of their extraordinary collaboration in the making of Light in Dark Times: The Human Search for Meaning, a graphic novel rooted in nonfiction comprised of fictionalized encounters with writers, philosophers, activists and anthropologists. The collaboration and its published book are unique in bringing together serious scholarship and contemporary aesthetics, elevating the graphic genre by presenting complex philosophical and political themes in a mixed media format. In this presentation, the artist and the author describe the process of their artistic creation, an exceptional experiment in art, aesthetics and anthropology. Designed to reach multiple audiences, the book conveys the drama of the world in dark times and difficult circumstances even as it reveals spaces of excitement and hope. The reflections on the production process in this presentation provide insight into innovative ways of demonstrating the relevance of scholarship to real-world concerns, and how to take advantage of multimodal formats to produce, disseminate and receive knowledge in the interest of a more just, ethical world. 

Alisse Waterston is Presidential Scholar and Professor, City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author or editor of seven books. A Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies (SCAS) in the Programmes in Transnational Processes, Structural Violence, and Inequality (2020-2022), she served as President of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in 2015-17. Waterston serves as Editor of the book series, Intimate Ethnography (Berghahn Books). Recent articles are “Imagining World Solidarities for a Livable Future,” and a work of ethnographic fiction titled, “Interiors.”

Charlotte Corden is an illustrator and fine artist whose work often centers around what it is to be human. She has an MA in anthropology from University College London, and has studied at both the London Fine Art Studios and the Arts Student’s League in New York. Corden’s work frequently appears in Anthropology News, the member magazine of the American Anthropological Association. 

Udział w spotkaniu jest bezpłatny, jednak potrzebujemy Waszego wsparcia, aby móc kontynuować i rozwijać program popularyzacji antropologii. Jeśli możesz, wpłać dowolną darowiznę na konto organizatora: https://etnograficzna.pl/wplata/.

Dofinansowano z programu „Społeczna odpowiedzialność nauki” Ministra Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego.