The Ethnographic Terminalia Collective (ETC) functions as a leaderless cooperative. We make decisions on a consensus basis and share duties and obligations equally. Where possible we curate, write, and make things together. While we each maintain individual research, art, and curatorial programs, the ETC aims to operate with a collective voice.
Craig Campbell, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, USA)
Craig Campbell is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. He received his PhD in Sociology (Theory and Culture) from the University of Alberta in 2009. He is actively involved in producing works that span the range of expository writing, art exhibition, and curation. These function as companion works to a thematic interest in archives, photography, documents, and the anxious territory of actuality. Craig Campbell’s ethnographic, historical, and regional interests include: Siberia, Central Siberia, Indigenous Siberians, Evenki, Evenkiia, Reindeer hunting and herding, Travel and mobility, Socialist colonialism, early forms of Sovietization, and the circumpolar North. He publishes widely in journals including Space and Culture, Geographical Review, Sibirica, and Visual Anthropology Review. His second book Agitating Images was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2014.
Kate Hennessy, School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT), SFU (Vancouver, Canada)
Kate Hennessy is an Assistant Professor specializing in Media at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT). She is a cultural anthropologist with a PhD from the University of British Columbia (Anthropology). As the director of the Making Culture Lab at SIAT, her research explores the role of digital technology in the documentation and safeguarding of cultural heritage, and the mediation of culture, history, objects, and subjects in new forms. Her video and multimedia works investigate documentary methodologies to address Indigenous and settler histories of place and space. Current projects include the collaborative production of virtual museum exhibits with Indigenous communities in Canada; the study of new digital museum networks and their effects; ethnographic research on the implementation of large scale urban screens in public space; open-access and innovative forms of publishing; and, the intersections of anthropology and contemporary art practices.
Fiona P. McDonald, IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (Indianapolis, USA)
Fiona P. McDonald (PhD) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Arts & Humanities Institute (IAHI). She completed her PhD (2014) in the Department of Anthropology (Material Culture & Visual Anthropology) at University College London. Her current work involves writing a book that is a visual and material ethnography that builds upon her graduate studies in Art History (Canada) and Māori Material Culture (Aotearoa New Zealand) to consider the social specificity of the aesthetic transformation(s) of woollen trade blankets in contemporary art, craft, and customary Indigenous regalia. Fiona is an original member of the curatorial collective, Ethnographic Terminalia, that curates exhibitions at the intersection of art and anthropology. Fiona’s areas of interest are: Indigenous material and visual culture, contemporary Indigenous art, museum studies, sound studies, Māori Taonga, Tlingit At.óowu, material culture theory, ethnographic object analysis, curatorial studies, and performance theory.
Trudi Lynn Smith, University of Victoria (Victoria, BC)
Trudi Lynn Smith is an artist and anthropologist with an interdisciplinary PhD from University of Victoria, Canada. She explores relationships between photography as object, image, and event, through installation, performance and in academic research and writing. Her artistic and academic practices are platforms to address the significance of photography by breaking it down to its fundamental properties in order to propose new forms of subjectivity and collectivity. Her work explores the way that places like National Parks in North America are maintained through photography; the relationship between archives and photography; and the structure of artworlds as a complex of people, funding, studios and materials. Her writing and photo-essay work has been published in journals such as Visual Anthropology, Anthropologica, and Imaginations Journal. Her artworks have been installed in site specific locations across North America, and in venues such as Open Space Gallery, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and Arts Incubator.
Stephanie Takaragawa, Chapman University (Orange, USA)
Stephanie Takaragawa is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Chapman University (Orange, CA). She received a PhD from Temple University (2006) in the Anthropology of Visual Communication emphasizing visual and media representations cross-culturally through art, performance and museum exhibitions. Her current research looks at representations of Japanese-American internment discourses at the interpretive centers now built at the Manzanar Relocation Center in California and Heart Mountain in Cody, Wyoming. Stephanie’s areas of interest are in the anthropology of visual communication, museum studies, the intersection of art and anthropology and race and ethnic studies in the United States.
2014 – Bureau of Memories
Thomas Ross Miller, Berkeley College (New York, USA)
Tom Miller is Professor of Liberal Arts at Berkeley College, director at independent Curatorial Consulting in Brooklyn, and Adjunct Instructor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. He received his PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2004. His interdisciplinary and multimedia work incorporates sound, shamanism, visual representation, museum studies, ethnomusicology, and the history of anthropology. A National Endowment for the Arts individual artist award winner, his past positions include Senior Scientific Assistant for Asian and African Ethnographic Collections at the American Museum of Natural History, where he served on the advisory board of the Margaret Mead Film Festival. Co-curated exhibitions include the Franz Boas centenary Drawing Shadows to Stone: Photographing North Pacific Peoples (1897-1902) at the American Museum of Natural History, Siberian Shamans: Magicians, Mediums, Healers at the Linden Museum-Stuttgart State Museum of Ethnology in Germany, and Secret Wars at Proteus Gowanus. Tom’s current research focuses on the historic collision of biometric and racial typologies with the earliest ethnographic sound archives. His writings are published by Dietrich Reimer Verlag, Smithsonian Institution Press, and many others.