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Body, Sound and Embodiment of Fear: a Collaborative Film Project

Consisting of a team of scholars whose work intersects the fields of dance, film, anthropology, music/ sound, and cultural/political theory, this project is interdisciplinary by nature and will provoke new methodological innovations in the study of body in global migration. Looking specifically at the experience of immigrants to the United States from Southeast Asia, our aim is to understand the ways in which bodies respond to certain sounds within the context of their lack of stable, ‘documented’ status. Fear is often provoked by everyday sounds that have come to symbolize the regulation of such bodies, or the implementation of laws which severely limit or threaten the very existence of the narrow spaces in which they live. Through the combination of personal narratives with specific images and sound design, the project seeks to represent and highlight certain elements of the experience of recent migrants to the United States, elicited through ethnographic/social interactions, as well as collaboration with members of migrant communities.

Rachmi Diyah Larasati (Theatre Arts and Dance), Principal Investigator
Co-PIs: Leslie Dwyer (Anthropology, Haverford College), Sumanth Gopinath (Music), I Gusti Madé Santikarma (Anthropology, Haverford College), and Dag Yngvesson (filmmaker)

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