Sensorium Lunchtime Seminar Series hosts book launch Feb. 2

An open book

The 2022 Sensorium Lunchtime Seminar Series continues Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 11:30 a.m. with a special book launch event for In Search of Lost Futures: Anthropological Explorations in Multimodality, Deep Interdisciplinarity, and Autoethnography (Palgrave MacMillan, 2021). 

Event poster for In Search of Lost Futures book launch

Editors Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston, associate professor in the Department of Theatre at York University, and Mark Auslander, a research scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University, will participate in the virtual book launch. They will be joined by contributing book authors Rajat Nayyar, York University PhD candidate, Marek Pawlak, an anthropologist and assistant professor in the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Jodie Asselin, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Lethbridge, cultural anthropologist Susan Falls, and Virginie Magnat, associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia.  

Contributing authors to the book also include York U PhD candidate Brian Batchelor, Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, associate professor and honours student adviser at the University of Victoria, and Felix Ringel, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Durham.  
In Search of Lost Futures asks how imaginations might be activated through practices of autoethnography, multimodality and deep interdisciplinarity. Each has the power to break down methodological silos, cultivate novel research sensibilities and inspire researchers to question what is known about the ethnographic process, representation, reflexivity, audience and intervention within and beyond the academy. By blurring the boundaries between the past, present and future, absence and presence, the possible and the impossible, and fantasy and reality, In Search of Lost Futures pushes the boundaries of ethnographic engagement. The book reveals how researchers at the forefront of the discipline are studying absence and grief, and employing street performance, museum exhibits, anticipation and simulated reality to research and intervene in the possible, the impossible and the uncertain. 

Individuals interested in taking part in this event should register in advance. Participants will be able to purchase copies of the book (printed and eBook) at a discounted price.  
The Sensorium Lunchtime Seminar Series is a weekly event that aims to foster interconnectivity between faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars and artists within the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. This series hosts a variety of scholarly presentations by York faculty and visiting researchers who want to interface with the University community and share their work. The sessions are on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and run until April 27. 
For a full list of seminars, click here. Drop-ins are welcome. No registration is required.