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BGC/AMNH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Museum Anthropology (Oceania)

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Museum Anthropology

The Bard Graduate Center invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship jointly appointed at the Bard Graduate Center and in the Anthropology Division and the Richard Gilder Graduate School of the American Museum of Natural History. The fellow’s project should focus on an aspect of material culture within Oceania (including not only Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia, but also Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines), and should make use of the AMNH collection. Ph.D. in Anthropology or related fields required.

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APERTURE Asia Pacific International Ethnographic Documentary Festival

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The first APERTURE Festival will be held in Melbourne, 21-23 November 2013. APERTURE Asia Pacific International Ethnographic Documentary Festival aims to promote and support ethnographic documentary film about the Asia Pacific region and film directed or produced by filmmakers originating from this region.

Ethnographic film festivals are almost not existing in this region, with the exception of two events in Taiwan and Vietnam. Ethnographic film festivals elsewhere in the world, along with similar events attached to anthropology conferences, present mainly films made by European and American filmmakers, and most of their work does not focus on the Asia Pacific cultures and societies. Filmmakers originating from the Asia Pacific region are grossly underrepresented, also because the cost of travel and other accessibility issues.

APERTURE aims to provide an accessible event within the region, for the region’s local filmmakers as well as for all filmmakers worldwide whose work is about the Asia Pacific region. The festival will also welcome proposals from local filmmakers in this region who have made ethnographic films about cultures and society located in other parts of the world (not the Asia Pacific) providing their work features an Asian Pacific ethnographic perspective. APERTURE thus will offer a platform that promotes documentaries on Asia Pacific cultures and society, and provide emerging filmmakers from this region the opportunity to be screened internationally and network with other filmmakers and potential producers and distributors.

The first APERTURE Festival will be held in Melbourne, 21-23 November 2013. While this first edition will invite submission for ethnographic film-documentaries, the aim is to open the following editions also to photo-documentary projects to be displayed during the film festival. As one of the key aims of the project is to educate about and promote the culture of the Asia Pacific region, attendance to the festival will be free and open to the public.

Future festivals could be held in major cities in the Asia Pacific region by rotation or continue in Melbourne, depending on sponsorships and partnerships. If you are interested to host a travelling APERTURE event or future editions, please get in touch with us!

The focus on Asia Pacific cultures and filmmakers makes this an innovative and unique festival that has not been previously offered in any other country in the region.

Festival Director
Dr. Erminia Colucci
Centre for International Mental Health
School of Population and Global Health
The University of Melbourne
Phone: +61 03 90353082
Email: ecolucci@unimelb.edu.au