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Panel Discussion at the Burchfield Penney Art Center:
Leading sociologists from Canada, the US and the UK with artist Robert Hirsch discuss the installation of World in a Jar.
Thursday, March 5, 2009

Burchfield Penney Art Center
At Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222

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"Gateways: Space, Place, and the Transformative"

Panel included Karen Engle, Graeme Gilloch, Petra Rethmann, Jonathan Wynn, Allen Shelton and artist Robert Hirsch

Robert Hirsch is an artist, curator, educator, historian and author of Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography; Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age; Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment Ideas, Materials, and Processes; and Exploring Color Photography: From the Darkroom to the Digital Studio.  Hirsch has published scores of articles and interviewed eminent photographers of our time.  He has had many one-person shows and curated numerous exhibitions.  The former executive director of CEPA Gallery, he is now director of Light Research.

Karen Engle is Assistant Professor, Social Theory at the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Windsor, Canada. She teaches classical and contemporary theory, visual cultures, and feminist theories. Research interests include mourning, memory & history in relation to visual cultures, and the psychoanalysis of everyday life. Her forthcoming book is on September 11, the Visual and the Writing of History.

Petra Rethmann is an anthropologist who teaches at McMaster University, Canada. She has written on post-communist, post-socialist culture, especially in the Russian Far East. She is currently working on two projects that explore the cultural and political conditions for memory and nostalgia in post-revolutionary contexts.

Jonathan Wynn holds a Ph.D. in sociology (City University of New York-Graduate Center) and works at the intersection of urban and cultural sociology. His dissertation project, The Walking Tour Guide, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries Series).  Dr. Wynn's work has been published in Qualitative Sociology, Qualitative Inquiry, Radical Society, Contexts Magazine, an edited volume on emotional labor and sociological inquiry, and is forthcoming in Cultural Sociology and Sociological Forum.

Allen Shelton is an associate professor of sociology at Buffalo State College.  He is the author of Dreamworlds of Alabama from the University of Minnesota Press 2007.
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Part II
Graeme Gilloch is a Reader in Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. He has written two books (Myth and Metropolis 1996, Critical Constellations 2002) and numerous articles on Walter Benjamin. A former Humboldt Fellow at the University of Frankfurt, he is currently writing an intellectual biography of Siegfried Kracauer.