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The Tennessee State Museum hosts a wide range of FREE, fascinating events and educational programs throughout the year. Advance reservations are not required, unless indicated on the listing. For seated events, seats are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
The State Museum, in partnership with Vanderbilt University, MTSU, and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, will kick-off the InDigital conference with a welcome reception beginning at 4:15 p.m. and a short film festival from 5:30-7 p.m. All conference events are free and open to the public.
The InDigital conference is held biennially and is designed to highlight indigenous peoples and their engagement with media as a form of political self-determination, creative resistance, and cultural and linguistic autonomy. Past conferences have featured indigenous music and film making. This year’s conference will take place on Vanderbilt’s campus from February 15-16 and is entitled, “The Americas,” focuses on the growing North-South exchange among indigenous media makers.
Since the 1990s researchers in the emergent field of Indigenous Media have documented and analyzed indigenous peoples’ engagement with various forms of digital and electronic media. Across the Americas, the use of digital cameras, cell phones, Facebook, and YouTube opens up a new universe of expression and interaction that is evolving in unpredictable ways. Combined with the consumption of both indigenous and non-indigenous media, critical, but largely as yet unexamined changes in worldview and behavior are rapidly unfolding. The InDigital Conference explores these themes through a series of individual papers, roundtable discussions, performances, and short films.
For more information, please visit: https://my.vanderbilt.edu/indigitalconference2019/