Catherine Besteman and Colleagues Offered ART+POLITICS Symposium at Maine College of Art

With a grant from the Office of the Provost and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Catherine Besteman and colleagues from the Maine College of Art offered a symposium on ART+POLITICS at the Maine College of Art. The symposium was part of the statewide Making Migration Visible Initiative co-curated by Besteman and artist Julie Poitras Santos and...

Catherine Besteman and Students Curate Exhibition at the Colby Museum of Art

Professor Catherine Besteman worked with students Chloé Powers ’19 and Caroline Webb ’19 to curate the exhibition Seeing Otherwise, at the Colby College Museum of Art from October 16 to November 4, 2018.The exhibition explores relationships between displacement and reinvention, inclusion and exclusion, presence and absence, and the multilayered presence of the past seeping into the present....

Britt Halvorson Releases New Book

A new book by Britt Halvorson has been released. Conversionary Sites: Transforming Medical Aid and Global Christianity from Madagascar to Minnesota (University of Chicago Press, 2018) draws on more than two years of participant observation in the American Midwest and in Madagascar among Lutheran clinicians, volunteer laborers, healers, evangelists, and former missionaries. Conversionary Sites investigates the role...

Catherine Besteman’s exhibition awarded funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art $40,000 to support the exhibition Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways, co-curated by Catherine Besteman and Julie Poitras Santos. See the announcement here: https://www.meca.edu/article/meca-40-nea/ The exhibition will be open from October 5 – December 14, 2018 and will be accompanied...

Halvorson Contributes Chapter on Religiously Based Aid Work Book

A research publication by Britt Halvorson, faculty fellow in anthropology, is included in a new book of essays, The Request and the Gift in Religious and Humanitarian Endeavors (Pp. 65-92, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Halvorson’s chapter is titled “When God Is a Moral Accountant: Dilemmas and Requests of Accountability in U.S. Medical Relief in Madagascar” and it “examines...

Chandra Bhimull’s Ethnography, Empire in the Air, to be Released December 12th

  Empire in the Air: Airline Travel and the African Diaspora details the emergence of airline travel through careful attention to its racist and imperialist motives. Author Chandra Bhimull, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies, illuminates the darker aspects of airline travel, pulling a thread through archival retellings and historical decisions to current inequalities. With a...

Maple Razsa and Milton Guillén’s film The Maribor Uprisings named the 2017 Best Documentary Feature by the Society for Visual Anthropology

Since its debut, The Maribor Uprisings has been around the world and back, acquiring accolades at every turn. Maple Razsa and Milton Guillén have forged a force to be reckoned with. Truly the first of its kind, The Maribor Uprisings asks audiences to collectively decide how to proceed through an uprising in Maribor, Slovenia. Audiences...