SSMF 2022: “Pause”


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Friday, March 25

2:00 – 4:30 PM: CAMRA Fellows Showcase

CAMRA Fellows, University of Pennsylvania
Moderators: Dallas Taylor and angel gutierrez

2021 Fellows Cohort:
Lauren Davidson (mentor: Antoine Haywood), Telling Our Stories: A Philadelphia Community Media Oral History Project
Yendi Guindo (mentor: Indivar Jonnalagadda), The Cinematic Slum
Carlos Montes (mentor: Rachael Stephens), Race-making in Residential Real Estate
angel gutierrez (mentor: Atenea Rosado-Viurques), Re-Possessing Being & Time: Voguing, Queer Expression, & Healing

3:00 to 3:15pm: Pause
Breathwork Exercise led by angel gutierrez
Graphic Record by Sonaksha Iyengar

2020 & 2019 Fellows Cohort:
Cienna Benn (2020 Fellow) (mentor: Farrah Rahaman), Archival Apertures
Tatiana Swain (2020 Fellow) (mentor: Sophie Maddocks), Black Family Accession
Dallas Taylor (2019 Fellow), Power Politics Oral History Project
nikki thomas (2019 Fellow), trans/plant
Ajibola Bodunrin (2019 Fellow), My Black Side
Jean Chapiro (2020 Fellow) (mentor: Atenea Rosado-Viurques), Bardo

5:00 – 5:15: SSMF Welcome

Opening Remarks

Atenea Rosado-Viurques, CAMRA Director
Rabani Garg, SSMF Director

5:15 – 6:30 PM: Opening Performance & Discussion

Stabdha: Interlude, Madhusmita Bora and donia salem harhoor

Discussion with the artists
Moderated by OreOluwa Badaki and Rabani Garg

Saturday, March 26

9:30 – 10:45: Panel Block 1

Rest and Renewal

Discussant: Florence Madenga, University of Pennsylvania

No Theories for the Liquidity of This Desire, Amber Rose Johnson (University of Pennsylvania)
Riposo and Pasithea, Lena Chen (Carnegie Mellon University), Michael Neumann (Artist), and Isadora Söderström (Artist)
Reflecting, Realigning, and Rearing, Indu Harikumar (Artist, Writer, Storyteller)
Milwaukee Night and Day, Dick Blau (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee), Yinan Wang (Temple University)

11:00 – 12:25: Panel Block 2

Pause and Pedagogy

Discussant: Atenea Rosado-Viurques, University of Pennsylvania

Interpreting Pause: Virtual Exhibition as a Teaching Tool, Alla Myzelev (SUNY Geneseo) and Ilene Sova (OCAD University)
Pause and Play, MASCLab (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Happiness Class, Samina Mishra (Filmmaker, Writer, Teacher)
Zong Listening, Vallerie Matos (CUNY Graduate Center)

Ecologies and Empire

Discussant: Indivar Jonalagadda, University of Pennsylvania

Ghost Empire § Belize, Susan Thomson (Filmmaker)
Seedcast: 4th World filmmakers ‘doing the damn thing’, Michelle Hurtubise (Temple University), Jessica Ramirez (Nia Tero), and Julie Keck (Filmmaker)
A Gregarious Species, Natasha Raheja (Cornell University)
Crash Theory, Adam Fish (University of New South Wales)

1:30 – 2:45: Panel Block 3

Pandemic Pause

Discussant: Rabani Garg, University of Pennsylvania

Disability and the Pandemic: A Community Media Project, Kelly C. George (Immaculata University)
Frontline, Gino Canella (Emerson College)
I’m the Boss, E. Gabriel Dattatreyan (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Pranavesh Subramanian (Independent Artist)
Shifting into Slowness, Sonaksha Iyengar (Illustrator)

Time and Temporality

Discussant: Kinjal Dave, University of Pennsylvania

Shadow of Love, Khari Eyen Zamé
Little PakistanFuture Histories, Sana Akram (The New School)
Read Letters and Asynchronous Perspectives, Juan Castrillón (University of Pennsylvania) and Fukuda Pero (Ritsumeikan University)

3:00 – 4:20: Panel Block 4


Discussant: Perry B. Johnson, University of Pennsylvania

The Stories Project, Carrie Symons and Leo Samuels Vosburgh (Michigan State University)
How do I tell this story without telling it?  Aarushie Sharma (York University) and Nishtha Sharma (Independent Collaborator)
Alien Home, Sophie Huang (University of Pennsylvania)
Sanctuary Stories, Ariel Goodman (Journalist)


Discussant: Roopa Vasudevan, University of Pennsylvania

Divided Attention, Laura Deutch (PhillyCAM), Nicole Mendez (Education Advocate), Stephanie Ramones (Contigo Photography), Stacey Mandel (BIG Mindfulness & Meditation)
Obra Suspenda, Bonella Holloway (Independent artist)
Why We Are, Karston Singleton (High School Philadelphia District) and Nyzeema Presley (High School Philadelphia District)
And, And, And…, Michael MacDonald (MacEwan University)

4:20 – 5:00: Pause

Meeting Space — Breakout Rooms

An online space to meet each other and share experiences and reflections on engagement with Pause. Open to all participants.

5:00 – 6:15: Highlighted Panel: Roundtable & Discussion

Pause and Black Feminist Thought(s)

Discussant: Deborah A. Thomas, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Florence Madenga, University of Pennsylvania

The Stillness of the Sovereign: Palenquera women and Embodied Enactments of Refusal in the Colombian Caribbean, Amber Henry (Anthropologist and Visiting Scholar, Haverford College)
Black Nocturnal, Chrystel Oloukoi (Writer, Curator, and Doctoral Candidate in African and African American Studies, Harvard)
The Church of Black Feminist Thought, Ra Malika Imhotep (Writer, Perfomance Artist, Doctoral Candidate in African Diaspora Studies, University of California at Berkeley)

6:15 – 6:45: Closing Event

Against Time (Piano Recital) *

Ania Vu (University of Pennsylvania)
Discussant: Larissa Johnson, University of Pennsylvania

* Live streamed

Closing Remarks

Rabani Garg, SSMF Director