Keynote: Lydia Nakashima Degarrod

KEYNOTE 2018 | Shifting Spectra, Broadening Boundaries:  Working Between Ethnography and Visual Art.

ICAS is thrilled that we can announce Lydia Nakashima Degarrod as this year’s keynote speaker. In her keynote Lydia Nakashima Degarrod will address some of the issues associated with works that are created in-between the disciplines of ethnographic research and visual art.  These issues are:  methodology, theories, transmission and diffusion of finished works, the creation of different forms of knowledge, funding, and institutional support.  We are delighted that she will illustrate this discussion with examples drawn from projects she has created during the last 20 years.

Lydia Nakashima Degarrod is both a visual artist and a cultural anthropologist who creates installations that blur the line between ethnography and art in order to convey experiences of extraordinary nature and address issues of social justice. Her latest work, Geographies of the Imagination, explored the inner images of exile. As a cultural anthropologist, Degarrod has conducted research and published on shamanism and dream interpretation among the Mapuche, one of the native peoples of Chile, and also studied popular cultures among urban Chileans. For her research, she has received a Fulbright-Hayes doctoral research grant, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, a senior fellowship at Harvard University, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia.Recently, Dagarrod was an invited participant of the  Eranos Annual Symposia in Switzerland. As a visual artist, Dagarrod has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has received awards for her work from the Wing Luke Memorial Museum of Art, Saint John’s University, and the Ministry of Culture of Chile. She has been an artist in residence at California State University at Chico, de Young Museum of Art, and the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts. She has also taught at Occidental College, Bowdoin College, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Degarrod is an associate editor of the Journal for the Society for Anthropology of Consciousness. She serves on the advisory board of the Asian American Women Artists Association.

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