Zurich Writers Resist, 16 January, 18-20hr, Cabaret Voltaire

Writers in more than 80 cities on three continents are organizing independent Writers Resist events on January 15th and 16th. Here in Zurich, international and local writers will gather on January 16th, Martin Luther King Day, for an evening of pivotal readings that affirm our commitment to a diverse, compassionate, and healthy world in increasingly authoritarian times. The event will be held in the historic home of the DADA movement, the Cabaret Voltaire. The program includes Irish, American, Scottish and Swiss writers such as novelists Bettina Spoerri, Anne Korkeakivi and Jason Donald and poets Andrew Shields, Darcy Alexandra and Padraig Rooney.

Co-Creative Documentary: Introduction to Digital Storytelling, Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Winter Semester, 2017

Pivotal Stories in Intercultural Contexts Digital Storytelling with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, 15-17 November 2016

Our most recent digital storytelling workshop brought together SDC people from Bhutan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Zimbabwe, and Switzerland to create in-depth stories on development work in inter-cultural contexts.


Co-Creative Documentary and the Politics of Listening – University of Houston, 18 October 2016, 4-5:30PM, CBB106

Digital storytelling can offer dynamic pathways for developing relationships of inquiry, learning, and knowledge production through dialogical collaboration across domains. As a co-creative practice, digital storytelling can render a nexus of domains–aesthetic, ethical, socio-political, institutional–more tangible and open to analysis. Attention to these encounters of ‘political listening’ (Arendt, 1958; Bickford, 1996; Dreher, 2009) might provide a framework for building and theorizing shared practices within proprietary contexts. To explore the collaborative and dialogical essence of digital storytelling, this talk will draw from a longitudinal (2007-2010) ethnography of media production with political asylum seekers and labor migrants in Ireland. Said research aimed to develop an exploratory and critical practice of inquiry that not only responded to the ethical complexities of research with refugees (Jackson, 2002), asylum seekers, and undocumented migrants, but also to create opportunities for research subjects–as emergent media practitioners and engaged scholars (Cammarota, 2008; Fine, et al., 2000)–to interpret, analyze, document, and publically screen their depictions of Ireland.


Clarifying with Stories: Autumn 2016 Webinars with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Making Stories, Using Stories: Webinar with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, 19 May 2016

In this webinar, we will explore how members of the SDC, EDA are creating digital stories and employing storytelling within the agency to share knowledge, ask new questions and deepen learning. The webinar will be interactive and include opportunities for creative writing and visual storytelling about key topics of relevance to SDC members.

Introduction to Digital Storytelling with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – March 14-16, 2016

Digital Storytelling at the University of Bern, Spring 2016

Beginning in February 2016, I will be teaching a new course in digital storytelling and audiovisual ethnography at the University of Bern, Department of Social Anthropology.

The Sense of Listening: Co-Creative Documentary and the Embodied Object, 21 November, American Anthropological Association meetings, Denver 2015

I will be presenting on the panel, “Familiar Stories, Strange Methods: Enchanting Knowledge and Encountering Inequality through Multi-sensory Narratives,” at the American Anthropological Association meetings, 21 Nov. 2015, in Denver, CO, USA.

The Sense of Listening, Disrupting Asylum Narratives, November 13, 2015, Bern Switzerland

I will be presenting on the panel, Mediating Precariousness: Creative Ethnographic Practices in an Age of Crisis at the Annual Conference of the Swiss Ethnological Society, Institute of Social Anthropology, Bern, Switzerland, November 12-15, 2015. This year’s theme is Global Capitalism and the Challenge of Well-Being in the World.