Postponed: 2020 Anthropology Lecture to feature renowned filmmaker John L. Jackson Jr.

John L. Jackson
John L. Jackson

This year’s Department of Anthropology Annual Lecture will be highlighted by a keynote presentation from University of Pennsylvania Professor John L. Jackson Jr., titled “What a Difference Filmmaking Makes: Autoethnography, Multimodality, and the Future of Scholarship.”

John L. Jackson Jr.

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

York University students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this event. Organizers request that those interested in attending the reception RSVP through emailing

Special guest Jackson has taught at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006 and is the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. As an anthropologist of religion, theorist of race and ethnicity, urban researcher, and media ethnographer, Jackson’s academic work has been recognized with numerous teaching awards, funds and grants throughout his accomplished career.

In addition to various scholarly publications he’s authored – including his most recent work, Televised Redemption: Black Religious Media and Racial Empowerment – Jackson has contributed to anthropological research through writing, directing and producing films which have been screened at York University and in several cities across the United States.

In his remarks, Jackson will detail his journey as an ethnographic filmmaker, articulating the epistemological and ethical value of multimodal scholarship.

“We are delighted that Prof. John L. Jackson Jr. will be delivering our 12th Annual Anthropology Lecture,” Department of Anthropology Chair Shubhra Gururani said. “Prof. Jackson is one of the leading anthropologists who is rethinking the craft of ethnography in interesting and critical ways. He has authored several books and directed films that engage with the questions of race, diaspora, migration, and media in diverse urban settings globally. We are looking forward to engaging with his research.”

The annual lecture is a marquee event for the Department of Anthropology. The yearly address provides faculty, staff and students with a unique opportunity to meet eminent leaders in the field.

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