Guest Talk: Documentary Film or Books? Which Way to Go?, with Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Monday, 2/29, 8-9:30pm

Professor Kum-Kum Bhavnani (University of California Santa Barbara) will feature clips from three documentaries, The Shape of Water, Nothing Like Chocolate, and the trailer Lutah -- showing what film is able to achieve within academic inquiry, and why she now uses this medium to illustrate her academic research.

Writes Kum-Kum Bhavnani,

"I am a university professor by day and a filmmaker by night, who merges her scholarship with efforts for social justice through the combined lenses of critical research and the movie camera.

I am based in the Department of Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara. I teach and write about women in the Third World, through the lens of feminisms. In the past decade I have turned to film as a way of disseminating my research. My previous publications include, in addition to my documentary films, Talking Politics, and Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms, Feminist Futures and On the Edges of Development (edited volumes).

I was born in India, grew up in London (went to Bristol, Nottingham and Cambridge universities) and arrived as a professor at UC Santa Barbara in 1991. Outside my employment I was always very active in anti-racist, trade unions and feminist politics (including being chairwoman of the Asian Women Community Workers' Group (1980-1983) when we received the first Greater London Council grant to create a refuge for black women fleeing domestic violence -- mostly South Asian women used the shelter. I also had to challenge the National Front a number of times, working a lot with the British miners strike. My PhD focused on how working youth talk about politics (now the book Talking Politics). At UCSB I have also been involved in politics -- such as being the Vice Chair of the Fund for Santa Barbara, being a member of the Fund for Santa Barbara social justice documentary award and so on. Needless to say, my teaching and research reflect and shape my politics, constantly."

Kum-Kum Bhavnani is Professor of Sociology and Affiliate Professor with Feminist Studies and with Global and International Studies, where she is Chair of the interdisciplinary program in Women, Culture, Development at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her first degree, a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Psychology at the University of Bristol, completed her M.A. in Child and Educational Psychology at the University of Nottingham. Her PhD (1983-1987) was awarded in 1988 by Cambridge University (King's College).

This event is sponsored by the Film and Education Research Academy (FERA) and Gottesman Libraries.

Please rsvp by Sunday, February 28th with your details.

Where: 306 Russell

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