Chandler Zausner is an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, where he is pursuing a double major at The School of Cinematic Arts (media arts and practice, ‘20) and USC Dornsife (visual anthropology, ‘20). He is interested in documenting unique, marginalized, and disenfranchised communities and recently traveled to Japan for his first international research project on hikkikomori, a culture-bound syndrome of extreme social withdrawal. This is Chandler’s reflection on some of the challenges he faced.
If a law seems ineffective, a lawyer would usually say the problem is with the doctrine of the law; to resolve the problem we must re-write the law. Richard Wilson, professor of law and anthropology, challenges this belief with his research on international speech crimes.
Natasha Raheja’s short film Cast in India calls attention to the connection between New York’s iconic manhole covers and the workers in India who make them.
Christine Schreyer is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on created language communities and the revitalization of endangered languages. Created language communities are groups of people who meet online and learn invented languages, usually from movies or books. This is Christine’s story of how she came to create a brand new alien language for the superman movie Man of Steel.