Adam Solomonian

MA, Cultural Anthropology, University of British Columbia (2009)
BA Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario

Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Kramer

Associations:

American Anthropological Association
Society for Visual Anthropology
American Ethnohistorical Society
International Visual Sociology Association
Canadian Anthropological Association

Current Project:

An interest in the anthropology of photography, materiality, and cultural memory informs my PhD research with the shíshálh Nation on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. My research seeks to contribute to a broader understanding of: (i) how Canadian Aboriginal communities are asserting sovereignty in a globalized, post-colonial world through their visual and material culture; (ii) how new media technologies are combined with indigenous protocols to ensure the appropriate management of cultural heritage; and (iii) how visual archives and collections are produced and interpreted by Aboriginal communities as an active process of decolonization.

  • 2011 Presentation, “Photography, Truth, and Litigation: Some Ethical Considerations,” Society for Visual Anthropology Roundtable Discussion, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 16-20, Montreal, PQ
  • 2011 Presentation, “Practice Makes Stranger: Anthropology and the Something-Other-Than Field,” UBC Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, Vancouver, March 28, Vancouver, BC
  • 2010 Presentation, “From Archive to Disk Drive: Photography, Narrative, and the Digital Horizon,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 17-21, New Orleans, LA
  • 2010 Presentation, ““Finding Agency in Agency Testimonies: Nuxalkmc
    and the Royal Commission on Indian Affairs, 1913-1916,” American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, October 14-17 Ottawa, ON
  • 2010 Guest Lecture, “Photography and Aboriginal Peoples in British Columbia,” ARTH 376, University of British Columbia
  • 2010 Presentation, “Something Like Enchantment: Thlitsapilthim and the
    Ethics of Inexplicability,” UBC Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, March 21, 2010 Vancouver, BC
  • 2010 Guest Lecture, “Harlan Smith’s Bella Coola Photographs and the Legacy of Photographic Representation in Anthropology,” ANTH 431, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia
  • 2009 Presentation, “Reflections on Fieldwork from Bella Coola,” Musqueam 101, October 7, 2009, Vancouver, BC
  • 2009 Presentation, “From Ethnographic Data to Family Photos: Some Nuxalk Renegotiations of Harlan I. Smith’s Bella Coola Valley Photographs,” Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Conference, May 13-16, 2009 Vancouver, BC
  • 2009 Presentation, “’I Want to Know What He Was Doing in Newskultz’: Harlan Smith’s Nuxalk Photographs and Contemporary Narratives of Place in Bella Coola, BC,” BC Studies Conference April 30 – May 2, 2009 Victoria, BC
  • 2008 Guest Lecture, “Harlan Smith’s Bella Coola Valley Photographs” ARTH 376, Department of Art History, University of British Columbia
  • 2008 Presentation, “’Coming In/Going Out’: A Discussion on Recent Fieldwork in Bella Coola, BC,” Department of Anthropology Learning Community, University of British Columbia
  • 2008 Presentation, “Indigenous Radio and Discourses of Empowerment: CKRK Mohawk Radio and the Wawatay Communications Society – Two Case Studies” Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, University of British Columbia
  • 2008 Panel Chair, “Media, Art, and Representation,” Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, University of British Columbia