Shannon Lee Dawdy
Shannon Lee Dawdy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago. Her work combines archaeological, archival, and ethnographic methods, as exemplified by her newly published book Patina: A Profane Archaeology (Spring 2016, U of C Press), based on archaeology and interviews conducted with survivors of Hurricane Katrina. While past projects have focused on colonialism and informal economies, newer work has moved towards object ontologies and temporality.
The Archaeological Lens
Anthropologist Shannon Lee Dawdy (University of Chiago) and filmmaker Daniel Zox embark on a project whose subject matter concerns rapidly changing death practices in the US, particularly as regards disposition of the body and the creation of memorial objects. The aesthetic challenge is to use the moving picture medium with an archaeological eye as they explore how film might be used as a means to excavate the contemporary – creating visual field notes of material practices.
Join us for a screening and conversation with recent Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellows Shannon Lee Dawdy (UChicago Department of Anthropology) and filmmaker Daniel Zox, moderated by Andrea Ford (UChicago Department of Anthropology), that will explore contemporary American attitudes towards death, the body, and different forms of life as they relate to their documentary short, I Like Dirt.