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Nucho, Joanne Randa

Grant Type
Engaged Anthropology Grant
Insitutional Affiliation
California, Irvine, U. of
Completed Grant
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Project Title
Nucho, Joanne, U. of California, Irvine, CA - To aid engaged activities on 'Imagining the City: Ethnographic Film Workshop in Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon,' 2013, Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon

JOANNE NUCHO, University of California, Irvine, California, received funding in February 2013 to aid engaged activities on 'Imagining the City: Ethnographic Film Workshop in Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon.' This project established a filmmaking workshop for young adults living in Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon. Bourj Hammoud is a diverse, densely populated, working-class suburb of Beirut that is dominated by Armenian social and political institutions. Earlier dissertation research in Bourj Hammoud looked at the ramifications of various urban planning initiatives as well as infrastructures and social service institutions on the formation of sectarian identity. Using videography and photography, the grantee documented how people obtained much-needed services and resources, like education, medical care, electricity and water. The presence of the grantee's camera elicited great interest among several of interlocutors and enabled unexpected conversations as grantee and interlocutor filmed the urban landscape of Bourj Hammoud together. The engaged anthropology project established a filmmaking workshop with some interlocutors. Not only did students learn practical filmmaking skills, but their ethnographic explorations of their city serve as a collaborative method of starting critical conversations about some of the issues raised through the initial research encounter, including the notions of sectarian identity and community experienced through the built environment.