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International Visitors: 2010-2011

Anies Baswedan

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor 2010-11

Paramadina University, Jakarta, Indonesia

Anies Baswedan, currently the president of Paramadina University in Jakarta, is a leading intellectual figure in Indonesia. In 2008, the editors of Foreign Policy named him one of the world’s “top 100 public intellectuals.” As an advisor to the Indonesian government, he is a leading proponent of democracy and transparency in Indonesia, a creative thinker about Islam and democracy, as well as a charismatic leader in the educational field. He was nominated by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

Anies Baswedan will be visiting Stanford in May 2011.

Related material:

 Teaching by Example in Indonesia--An article from The Guardian about Baswedan's foundation to ensure excellent education for all in Indonesia.

University President is Upbeat on Democracy in Indonesia -Baswedan's interview with the Palo Alto Patch.

Listen to audio of Baswedan's presentation on "Does Democratization Imply Islamization?"

Ann Carlson

Visiting Scholar 2010-11

"The Baby Play: Neurological Development and the Perception of Motion, Color, and Gesture in the Very Young (ages 0 – 3)"

From Lincoln Center to the dairy farm, the opera house to the frozen pond, Ann Carlson's work defies description and category while expanding the context of choreography and performance. Borrowing from the disciplines of choreography, performance, theater, public and conceptual art. Carlson's work is project based and often organized within a series format. Carlson has received over thirty commissions and numerous awards for her artistic work, including a 2009 USA Artists Fellowship, a 2008 American Masterpiece award, 2005/2006 Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University, a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in choreography, a 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and three awards from the National Choreographic Initiative in 2001, 2003 and 2005, She was awarded a Doris Duke Award for New Work in 2000, a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance in l999, a 1995 CalArts/Alpert Award, and she is the recipient of a prestigious three-year choreographic fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as seven years of consecutive support. Carlson 's work has been performed and exhibited at a multitude of cultural institutions both nationally and internationally.

Carlson's visit is co-sponsored by the Department of Drama.

The Baby Play: Neurological Development and the Perception of Motion, Color, and Gesture in the Very Young (ages 0 – 3)
I have been invited to make a movement based theatrical work for the very young. This trend (live theater/performance designed for spectator/participants 0 – 3 years old) has been alive in Italy and Sweden for the past 15 years. Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis, MN has received generous support from the Bush Foundation to begin commissioning artists from a number of disciplines through-out the U.S. to make this kind of work available to American infants and children. 
While at Stanford’s Humanities Center, I hope to consult with experts in the fields of neurological development, early childhood perception, understanding more deeply perception of symbols, color, gesture in infancy and early childhood. I also hope to gain understanding of the development of the visual field, the impression and perception of metaphor in early childhood, and also explore how the understanding of simple story develops. Also, I have a number of questions in developing this work that I hope to answer during the fellowship: What is the impact of live performance on this age group? Is “live” performance perceived differently than life, at this age? How is light and dark experienced in the theatrical environment by the very young? What are the emotional impacts of observed movement for a young child? For example, is quickness frightening or exhilarating? Does slow motion confuse or reassure? How is abstract gesture perceived?
Finally, I hope to do some research on the impact of gesture, specifically the hand in performance (in the context of this work).

Giorgio Caviglia

Research Lab Visitor

PhD Candidate, Communication Design, Politecnico di Milano

Stephane Dudoignon

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor 2010-11

Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, EHESS Paris

Stephane Dudoignon is an historian/senior research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), in the Centre for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Central Asian Studies (CETOBAC), in Paris. He is the author of pioneering work on Muslim movements, including the historical study of Sufi networks from the Volga River to China, Muslim intellectuals’ debates about gender, and modern Sunni revivalist movements in Eastern Iran. While on campus, he will give lectures on Islam in Eurasia and Iran, among other things. He was nominated by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES).

Stephane Dudoignon will be visiting Stanford in January 2011.

Related material:

 “Jihad as a Lifestyle: The Baloch, Islam and the State in Iran (since 1917)”(Lecture: Tuesday, January 25, 2011)

Jean-Michel Frodon

Bliss Carnochan Visitor 2010-11

Institute of Political Studies, Paris

Jean-Michel Frodon is one of the most influential film critics and film historians in the world today. He started his career as film critic for the French weekly Le Point from 1983 to 1990, then at the French leading daily Le Monde from 1990 to 2003. From 2003 to 2009, he was editor-in-chief of the iconic French film journal Cahiers du Cinema, where he was credited for launching an e-version of the Cahiers du Cinema. Since 2009, he has collaborated with the online journal Slate, where he runs the film critic blog “Projection Publique”: www.slate.fr

He currently teaches at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and he has also taught at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and at the University of Paris I (Pantheon Sorbonne). In 2001 he founded the independent think-tank “L’Exception, groupe de réflexion sur le cinéma”, which brings together artists, philosophers, teachers, and cultural critics to discuss the contemporary status of cinema and its impact on society: http://lexception.rezo.net.

He is the author and editor of many books, among them:L'âge moderne du cinéma français (Flammarion, 1995), La Projection nationale (Odile Jacob, 1998), Conversation avec Woody Allen (Plon, 2000), Print the Legend, cinéma et journalisme (dir. Cahiers du cinéma 2004), Au Sud du cinéma (dir. Cahiers du cinéma 2004), Hou Hsiao-hsien(dir., Cahiers du cinéma, 2005), Le Cinéma chinois (Cahiers du cinéma 2005), Robert Bresson (Cahiers du cinéma 2008), Gilles Deleuze et les images (co-dir. with François Dosse. Cahiers du cinéma/INA 2008), La critique de cinéma (Sceren-CNDP/Cahiers du cinéma, 2008). His latest publications are Genèses, co-authored with Amos Gitai and Marie-José Sanselme (Gallimard, 2009) and Cinema and the Shoah (SUNY Press, 2010).

Frodon will be visiting Stanford in April 2011. 

Related material:

 Art Science Factory--A website led by Jean-Michel Frodon which aims to foster dialogue between artists, scientists, and citizens. 

San Francisco International Film Festival-- Video of Jean-Michel Frodon's master class on the film critic's responsibility on April 28, 2011.

Jean-Michel Frodon on the New Frontiers of Film Criticism

Victor Gama

Humanities Canter-SiCa Arts Writers/Practitioners in Residence 2010-11

Victor Gama is a creative musician, folklorist, instrument maker, and computer musician from Lusophone Africa. Born in Angola, Victor Gama’s music addresses the relationship between technologies and artistic traditions with a particular focus on musical styles and histories of Africa and the diaspora. Trained in electronic engineering, he draws on his interests in diasporic music and in computer generated music. During his residency, he will conduct a public solo performance of his music using his own designed musical instrument (Pangeia Instrumentos). He was jointly nominated by the Center for African Studies, the Department of Art and Art History, the Latin American Studies Center and his nomination was also supported by the Cantor Museum.

Victor Gama will be visiting Stanford in October 2010.

Related material:

VIDEO INTERVIEW:  "A conversation between Trimpin (sound sculptor, composer, and inventor) and Victor Gama" recorded by the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, Fall 2010. 

Michele Graffieti

Research Lab Visitor

Design Researcher, DensityDesign, Milan

Milica Tomic

Humanities Center-SiCa Arts Writers/Practitioners in Residence 2010-11

Milica Tomic is a Serbian artist working at the intersection of performance art forms, using video, film, photography, light, and sound installation. Her work centers on political violence, nationality and identity with an emphasis on the tensions between intimate experience and media-constructed images. Among her projects is the use of art to address war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo. During her residency, she will present a selected number of her works in which she used art in order to re-actualize past traumatic events. She has exhibited globally including at Venice Biennale in 2001 and 2003, Sao Paulo Biennale in 1998, Istanbul Biennale in 2003 and Sydney Biennale in 2006. Ms. Tomic was nominated by the Department of Drama.

Milica Tomic will be visiting Stanford in February 2011.