Jason M. Kelly and Fiona P. McDonald

Jason M. Kelly,  Fiona P. McDonald, Alejandro Camargo, Amelia Moore, Mark Kesling, Ananya Ghoshal, George Marcus, Paul Stoller, Dominic Boyer, Serenella Iovino, Rebecca Ballestra, Eduardo S. Brondizio, Jim Enote, Ignatius Gutsa, Cymene Howe, Sue Jackson, Phil Scarpino

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Maria Rebecca Ballestra
Artist | Nomad
Maria Rebecca Ballestra lives and works nomadically. Her work is focused on the reprocessing and resetting of social, political, and environmental themes, as well as investigating environmental topics that emerge during her journeys and residencies around the world. Ballestra has won international prizes in the United States, Korea, and Italy. She has participated in lectures and symposia at Boston University (USA), Maraya Art Center (UAE); University of Hull (UK), Xiamen University (China); PROG Zentrum (Switzerland); University of Genoa (Italy); and Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan). In 2016, Ballestra conceived and organized, in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, The Festival for the Earth—a forum to explore sustainable visions in art and science with international guests from academic and public realms. Most recently Ballestra has started a new long-term art project, Echoes of the Void, that investigates the geological, cultural, spiritual, and environmental meaning of the wastelands around the world.

Dominic Boyer, PhD
Professor of Anthropology | Founding Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) | Rice University
Dominic Boyer is part of the editorial collective of the journal Cultural Anthropology (2015-2018) and also edits the Cornell University Press book series, the Expertise: Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge. His most recent monograph is The Life Informatic: Newsmaking in the Digital Era (Cornell University Press, 2013). With James Faubion and George Marcus, he edited, Theory Can Be More Than It Used to Be (Cornell University Press, 2015). Together with Imre Szeman, Boyer developed Energy Humanities: An Anthology (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). Boyer’s next book, Energopolitics, is part of a collaborative multimedia duograph with Cymene Howe, that explores the complexities of wind power development in Southern Mexico. In collaboration with Howe, he also co-hosts the “Cultures of Energy” podcast.

Eduardo Brondizio, PhD
Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL) | Indiana University
Eduardo S. Brondizio also has faculty appointments in Geography, Public and Environmental Affairs, the Ostrom Workshop, and the Environment and Society Program at the University of Campinas, Brazil.  For three decades, Brondizio has maintained an active interdisciplinary research program in the Amazon focusing on small farmers, household economy and demography, institutions, and land use change, and more recently, on  rural-urban networks, urban vulnerability to climate change, and the impact of expanding inter-urban networks on rural and indigenous areas. He serves on numerous international scientific bodies including the Science Committee of the Future Earth program and previously the International Geosphere Biosphere Program (IGBP). He has also contributed to several regional and global assessments and is currently Co-Chair of the Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2016-2019) of the Inter-governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Brondizio serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability.

Alejandro Camargo, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow | Department of Geography | University of Montréal Alejandro Camargo’s research interests include: (1) the transformation of agrarian relations and landscapes; (2) and the politics of water and land in a context of abrupt environmental change and uneven development. His recent work has been focused on understanding how catastrophic visions of the future, related to global climate change and the Anthropocene, translate into specific technologies of governance, and how those technologies are adopted, implemented, negotiated, and experienced locally. Camargo is also interested in the history of development, the global fisheries crisis, and the production of climate knowledge. As a postdoctoral fellow, he is part of a research team investigating water governance and the development of urban infrastructure services in the Global South.

Jim Enote
Director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center | Zuni Tribe Member
Jim Enote, a Zuni tribal member is a high altitude traditional farmer since childhood, is also an interrupted artist, and is the Director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center at Zuni, New Mexico. He is also the President of the board of Zuni A:shiwi Publishing. He also serves as a board member of the Grand Canyon Trust in Flagstaff, Arizona. For over 40 years, he has tackled land and water conservation issues around the world and is committed to conserving and protecting his own and other Native cultures. He currently is involved in repatriation efforts for Zuni artifacts and cultural mapping at Zuni Pueblo. He is the associate director of the Indigenous Communities Mapping Initiative through the A:shiwi Map Art Project— a project that has evoked reactions and memories about cultural places using Indigenous artistic sensibilities and Indigenous place names. Enote received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from New Mexico State University.

Ananya Ghoshal, PhD
Assistant Professor of English at the Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India
Ananya Ghoshal is an Assistant Professor of English at the Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India. She received her doctorate from the Department of English Literature at the English and Foreign Languages University (formerly CIEFL), Hyderabad, India, on the Influence of Music in Postcolonial Literature (2016). Her pre-doctoral research was conducted in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley, on a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship. Her major areas of interest include word and music studies, digital humanities, film studies and visual culture, children’s literature, human-plant ethics and disability studies. She has presented her work at various universities in India and abroad and has published several journal articles and book chapters. Ghoshal is a classically trained singer and Kathak dancer, whose work intersects with graphics, creative writing, photography, and filmmaking in relation to the discourses of emerging media technologies. Before coming to IIT Indore, she was an Academic Fellow at the Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda, India.

Ignatius Gutsa, PhD
Senior Lecturer | Department of Sociology | University of Zimbabwe Ignatius Gutsa holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His doctoral research examined the impacts of climate change on livelihoods of female elderly headed households. He has more than twelve years substantive working experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the university level. Gutsa has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented papers at international conferences focusing on the elderly, climate change, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, and AIDS. Gutsa was selected as one of the 2010 New Faces for African Development by the European Report on Development.

Cymene Howe, PhD
Professor of Anthropology | Rice University
Cymene Howe is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and a core faculty member in the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CEERHS). She has published widely and is the author of Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua (Duke 2013) and co-editor of 21st Century Sexualities (Routledge 2009). In a multi-year collaborative research project with Dominic Boyer in Southern Mexico, Howe has followed the political and social contingencies of renewable energy development. The results of this research will be published in Ecologics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene (forthcoming Chicago University Press 2018). Her current project, Melt: The Social Life of Ice at the Top of the World, explores cryohuman interrelations and the implications of the metamorphosis of ice in Iceland. She currently serves as a member of the editorial collective of Cultural Anthropology and is a co-editor of the Johns Hopkins series, Guide to Social Theory.

Serenella Iovino
Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and of Modern Cultures | University of Turin

Serenella Iovino is an Italian philosopher, and cultural and literary theorist. She is a professor of the Department of Foreign Languages, Literature, Modern Cultures at the University of Turin, Italy. From 2008 to 2010, she has served as President of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment (EASLCE). In 2014, Iovino was a J. K. Binder Lecturer at the University of California, San Diego. She is considered one of the main environmental philosophers of Italy. She has published extensively on ecocriticism, literature, and environmental ethics. Iovino is the main proponent for material ecocriticism, a current of ecocritical thought.[5] Her book Ecocriticism and Italy: Ecology, Resistance, and Liberation was awarded the 2016 Book Prize of the American Association for Italian Studies.

Sue Jackson, PhD
Associate Professor, Australian Rivers Institute | Griffith University | Geography
Sue Jackson has researched the social dimensions of natural resource management in Australia for over 20 years, with a focus on community-based conservation initiatives and institutions. Jackson’s research interests include systems of water resource governance, which address customary Indigenous resource rights and nature-society relations. The relationship between social power and water access is a central concern of her recent work which has improved the capacity of Indigenous communities to advance their claims for water rights. Sue is co-convener of a new working group of the Sustainable Water Future Program, an initiative of Future Earth, called Rivers, Flows and People: Connecting Ecosystems with Human Communities, Cultures, and Livelihoods.

Mark Kesling, MS
Museum Design | Founder and CEO, The daVinci Pursuit
Mark Kesling is a pioneering artist and designer in the field of museum education and design. He has designed and created major exhibits for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, The Carnegie Museum, The Exploratorium, and the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. As the founder and CEO of The daVinci Pursuit, Kesling provides leadership through the design of a “museum without walls.” His unique skill set combines art with science in ways that engage learners of all ages. Mark holds a MS in Science Education from Butler University and a BS in Elementary and Art Education from Indiana University.

Jason M. Kelly, PhD
Director, IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute | Associate Professor of History
Jason M. Kelly is the author of The Society of Dilettanti: Archaeology and Identity in the British Enlightenment (Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2010) and the lead editor of Rivers of the Anthropocene (University of California Press, 2017). Kelly’s research projects focus on the histories of the environment, science, and art. His current book project, A History of the Anthropocene, is a deep history of human-nature relations. He leads a major international collaborative project, Rivers of the Anthropocene, which brings together scientists, humanists, and policy makers to study global river systems and policy since 1750. In 2017, he launched The Cultural Ecologies Project, a public research program and PhD track at IUPUI that works with community stakeholders to examine cultural interventions across multiple scales.

George E. Marcus, PhD
University of California, Irvine | Anthropology
George E. Marcus has worked on research projects concerning elite cultures, from the Tongan kinship, to concentrations of dynastic wealth, to philanthropic and art patronage activities in the United States, to the sensibility of residual Portuguese aristocrats, to the present conditions of the World Trade Organization. From the beginning of his career, Marcus has maintained an interest in the evolution, status, and changing possibilities of anthropology’s signature methods of fieldwork and ethnographic writing. Having founded a Center for Ethnography at UCI in 2006, he has focused on the collaborative nature and environments of contemporary ethnographic research. Marcus has co-edited Writing Culture (1986), The Traffic In Culture (1995), Fieldwork Is Not What It Used to Be (2009), Theory Can Be More Than It Used To Be (2016); conceived and edited The Late Editions series of annuals (1992-2000); authored Lives In Trust (1992), Ethnography Through Thick and Thin (1998); and participated in discussions with Paul Rabinow, James Faubion, and Tobias Rees published as Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary ( 2008). He is currently writing a co-authored book on a series of collaborations with Luke Cantarella and Christine Hegel that combine ethnographic method and stage design.

Fiona P. McDonald, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia | Visual Anthropology
Fiona P. McDonald completed her PhD (2014) in the Department of Anthropology at University College London (UCL) in visual anthropology & material culture. Her dissertation, Charting Material Memories: A Visual and Material Ethnography of the Transformations of Woollen Blankets is currently underway as a book project with Indiana University Press. From 2016-2018 Fiona was the inaugral Postdoctoral Researcher at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. McDonald is the co-founder of the Ethnographic Terminalia Collective (ETC) (est. 2009), an international curatorial collective that curates exhibitions at the intersections of arts and anthropology. ETC have curated and organized exhibitions and workshops across North America (Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, Montreal, New York, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, and Vancouver). ETC were awarded the Michael M. Ames award for Innovation in Museum Anthropology (2015) for their role in moving academic research beyond the academy through public engagement and curation. McDonald’s research interests are: water, Indigenous material and visual culture, repatriation, oral histories, contemporary Indigenous art, curatorial theory, performance theory, and museum studies.

Amelia Moore, PhD
Sustainable Coastal Tourism | University of Rhode Island
Amelia Moore holds a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley and a B.A. in Environmental Biology from Columbia University. Her research explores the relationship between science and capital, specifically environmental science and tourism, as industries that co-produce the Anthropocene while simultaneously devising opportunities to profit from it. Moore’s projects follow these themes in small island regions including The Bahamas, Indonesia, and coastal Rhode Island, and are centered around offshore wind energy infrastructure, tourism development and destination design, artificial reefs and coral restoration, agritourism, and the relationship between coastal fisheries and tourism. Moore has a forthcoming book with the University of California Press relating to her doctoral work on tourism and the Bahamas.

Phil Scarpino, PhD
Professor and Director of Public History | IUPUI | Director of Oral History for the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence | Indiana University
Philip Scarpino is the author of Great River: An Environmental History of the Upper Mississippi River and co-editor of Public History and the Environment. He has written, spoken and consulted widely on public and environmental history. In 2010, he completed a book-length analysis of cultural resources on Isle Royale National Park for the National Park Service. Scarpino served as historical advisor on Conner Prairie’s recently installed Nature Walk and 1863 Civil War Journey. He teaches American history, environmental history, historic preservation, and public history and also leads oral history projects for the Tobias Center and other organizations. Scarpino earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana and a both a master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Paul Stoller, PhD
West Chester University | Anthropology
Paul Stoller has conducted anthropological research for more than 30 years.  While his early work focused on the religion of the Songhay people who live in the Republics of Niger and Mali in West Africa, Stoller’s most recent research has turned toward the well-being of the world. Since 1992, he has documented the lives of West African immigrants in New York City. Stoller’s research has resulted in the publication of 15 books, including ethnographies, biographies, memoirs, and three novels. Since 2010, he has been a regular blogger for The Huffington Post. In 2013, The King of Sweden awarded Stoler with the Anders Retzius Gold Medal in Anthropology for his excellence in the field of study.


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