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Damien Stankiewicz, Ph.D.
Office telephone: 215-204-7574
My research explores mass media, and producers of mass media, as means by which to better understand contemporary debates about, and re-imaginings of, national, trans-national, and cosmopolitan identities. I am interested in how media professionals working in globalizing contexts go about negotiating and representing various kinds of trans-border and trans-cultural identities and perspectives. My dissertation, The End(s) of Imagination: Nation and Europe at the Television Channel ARTE, examines how staff at ARTE, a self-consciously trans-national and trans-regional television channel, go about crafting media intended to promulgate a trans-border and pan-European culture. The dissertation describes the strategies that producers use in their cultivations of trans-border and cosmopolitan sensibilities, arguing that a variety of such strategies are in evidence, most of which draw upon still-regnant ideas about national belonging and character, but in ways that require us to differentiate among various conceptions of "nation" as either reified and bounded, or as contingent and dynamic.
I conducted fieldwork with producers, staff, and journalists at ARTE between 2007and 2009, funded by grants from the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.
Having trained in documentary filmmaking in New York University's Culture and Media Program, I was able to participate in television and documentary production work at ARTE; in 2006 I produced a short documentary, Mamun's Hot Dogs, about the ways in which a New York hot dog vendor uses his work to fund travel between Bangladesh and Brooklyn—and how he thinks about his movement between these places, and within New York.
I received my B.A. in International Studies from the University of Chicago, and my M.A., Certificate in Culture and Media, and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at New York University.
"From Imagined Audiences to Off-Screen Gatherings: Shifting Conceptions of Publics at a Transnational
Television Channel in Europe." Television and New Media. Under review.
"The Discursive Disjunctions of Globalizing Media: Ideological Claims and Tensions at the French-
German and European Television Channel ARTE." Chapter in edited volume Global Media, Cultures, and
Identities, Rohit Chopra and Radhika Gajjala, eds. New York: Routledge. May 2011.
"Anthropology on European Television: The Case of l'Art du Mythe / Kunst und Mythos." "Public
Anthropology" section, American Anthropologist, Vol. 112, No. 2. June 2010.
Book Review: Ruth Mandel's Cosmopolitan Anxieties: Turkish Challenges to Citizenship and Belonging
in Germany. Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, Vol. 9,1. Spring/Summer 2009.
"Towards a Revised Trans-nationalism: Lessons from the European Cultural Television Station ARTE."
EUREGIO Magazine. Triest: Informest. October 2008.
Film Production Work:
Produced, directed, and edited twenty-minute documentary film Mamun's Hot Dogs, 2005-2006, New York University Culture and Media Program (New York, NY):
FIFEQ International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec (Festival International du Film
Ethnographique du Québec), Université Laval, Quebec City, January 2008.
"Ethnographies Without Texts" Workshop, Media Anthropology Laboratory, Harvard University,
"Docs on the Edge" Documentary Film Screening, Landmark Sunshine Theatre, New York, May
Sound recordist, camera operator, The Professor (2006), documentary short by Jason J. Price, distributed
by Documentary Educational Resources.
Sound recordist, camera operator, Nothing to Lose (2006), documentary by Robert Chang, distributed by
Documentary Educational Resources.