Liu, Yuer. (2022, August 25). Soundscapes of the UAE: How Sound challenges stereotypes. Smithsonian Folklife Festival Blog.
A photographer uses their camera as a way of seeing the world. The audio recorder is my tool for hearing and understanding the world…A big part of the soundscape is about challenging people’s thinking and breaking down the barriers of misunderstanding.
The Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival in 2022 presented the sound installation, “Living Landscapes, Living Memories.” It was created by the artist Diana Chester and her team to present the sounds of the United Arab Emirates. Chester’s argument is that “careful listening can break down stereotypes.”
Multiple soundscapes are presented in the article as examples. Most of the sounds are based on the recordings by Chester and team, but “sound recordings act like time capsules,” as Al Jneibi, one of the team members, told the Festival audience, and so recordings of locations that no longer exist have also been included. “We perceive sounds through a cultural lens,” as pointed out by Al Blooshi, a third team member.
Director, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA. Deadline: 8 July 2022.
The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is a research, collection, and public education unit of the Smithsonian dedicated to the understanding, preservation, and sustainability of diverse cultural traditions. The Director oversees the Center’s programs including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, the Cultural Sustainability Program and other activities as well as its administrative and financial affairs.
NOTE: There is a second position, for Director of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, with the same deadline. Both positions are open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States.
Curatorial Internships in African-American and African crafts, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. but virtual, January-April 2022. Deadline: November 20, 2021.
The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is pleased to announce two new virtual internship positions as part of the African American Craft Initiative (AACI) and the Crafts of African Fashion (CAF) project. Beginning this winter, the internships will run from January to April 2022 and are part-time.
Working under the supervision and mentorship of curator Diana N’Diaye and project coordinator Sloane Keller, interns will have the opportunity to listen and learn from experiences of African and African American artists and artisans in their own words and participate in activities to amplify these powerful legacies for generations to come. The primary assignment will involve working as part of the initiative team, conducting research, and helping to coordinate programming activities. The interns will also learn about the Crafts of African Fashion project and assist with the development of funding proposals and programmatic activities. Selected applicants will receive a stipend of $1,500.
The Smithsonian Institution’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world in Washington, DC, until May 31, 2021.
Through digital storytelling, the festival amplifies the work of diverse practitioners who explore the power of language to connect the past, present, and future. Since 2016, the annual festival has celebrated International Mother Language Day on February 21. The sixth annual festival will take place via a monthly online screening series from February 21 to May 31, 2021.
Many of these films would be valuable in teaching about cultural differences, if not intercultural dialogue explicitly. The theme this year is The Healing Power of Storytelling.
3 Positions for the Tibetan Professional Exchange Program, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (remote). Deadline: January 8, 2021.
1. Facilitator for Tibetan Professional Exchange Program
This contractor supports the planning, development, and facilitation of five virtual workshop discussions with individual curators as part of the Curator Digital Lecture Series. The contractor will lead the sessions in Mandarin and facilitate between Mandarin-speaking participants and English-speaking curators. An additional translator will participate to support for both Mandarin and Tibetan translations.
2. Translator for Tibetan Professional Exchange Program
This contractor will provide Mandarin and Tibetan written translation for five thirty- to forty-five-minute recorded lectures from curators for the Professional Exchange for Tibetan Cultural Heritage Practitioners Program. The contractor also provides consecutive translation in Tibetan for five one-hour facilitated workshops for participants to ask questions of the curators.
3. Videographer for Tibetan Professional Exchange Program
This contractor works with the project team to plan and facilitate video production and editing of five educational video resources which will be used for the Professional Exchange for Tibetan Cultural Heritage Practitioners Program. The lecture series will feature individual curators giving virtual presentations including supplementary materials and media (PowerPoint slides, images, and video clips), with a follow-up workshop to conclude the series. The contractor will use their own equipment to capture the video lecture and edit to include supplementary media provided by the curator.
The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Deadline: November 1, 2020.
The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff. Fellowships are offered to graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct independent research and to utilize the resources of the Institution with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff serving as advisors and hosts.
Parts of the Smithsonian that might be of specific interest to CID followers include: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Office of International Relations, and there are Fulbright-Smithsonian Awards for those outside the US to travel to work with the Smithsonian collections.
The Smithsonian Institution’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world in Washington, DC.
Through digital storytelling, the festival amplifies the work of diverse practitioners who explore the power of language to connect the past, present, and future. Since 2016, the annual festival has celebrated International Mother Language Day on February 21. The fifth annual festival took place February 20–23, 2020. Many of the shorter films are available to stream in full on their website.
Many of these films would be valuable in teaching about cultural differences, if not intercultural dialogue explicitly. Just the easily accessible short films range from Pire, a music video with lyrics in Mapuzugun, the Mapuche language of Argentina, to Grá & Eagla, following an Irish bilingual comedian using Gaeilge [Gaelic], to Puhi Toprao / To Be Happy, telling the creation story of the Yanomami in Venezuela in their own language.
Impact Evaluation Internships, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. 10 weeks, year round, part-time paid opportunity. Deadline: Open until filled, posted January 13, 2020.
The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) is seeking a part-time impact evaluation intern to work with the cultural sustainability team on conceiving and developing an impact evaluation framework and support the management of ongoing project evaluations. If you are passionate about monitoring and evaluation and are a team player with a positive attitude, then you are who they are looking for!
CFCH’s cultural sustainability initiative focuses on assessing and mitigating the risks to cultural vitality, transforming public dialogue, implementing community-based programs, and scaling the impact of the work. The initiative covers projects around the world and includes a variety of activities such as trainings, workshops, online exhibitions, exchanges, and cultural documentation.
This internship offers an opportunity to work closely with the cultural sustainability team on developing an impact evaluation framework for the initiative. It offers a chance to gain and/or expand your experience in researching methodologies and approaches, and to articulate and form best practices and tools/models for cultural sustainability programs and activities. The internship is also an opportunity to build your skills and competences in areas of communication (verbal and electronic); organization (schedules, contacts, and workspace); receiving feedback; and establishing professional work habits.
Language Reclamation & Media Project Coordinator, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Deadline: October 1, 2019 or until filled.
This project coordinator will implement cultural heritage and language projects based on Indigenous language reclamation and media. The project coordinator will work extensively with the Center’s curator of digital media and the curator of cultural and linguistic revitalization. The successful candidate should be able to work respectfully with diverse communities. An excellent communicator who is comfortable in multilingual environments is needed. The position is based in Washington, D.C., with the potential of up to twenty percent travel. Applicants should have experience implementing large-scale public programs, managing budgets, developing web content, and writing reports. See full position description.
The Center will begin reviewing applications October 1, 2019, and continue accepting applications until a suitable candidate is identified.
Cultural Industries Project Coordinator, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Deadline: September 16, 2019.
This project coordinator will implement cultural industries projects, including work with artisans and the building arts, cultural heritage tourism, and capacity building for cultural heritage organizations. The project coordinator will work on assignments with partners in Armenia, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Senegal, and other locations, providing project management, planning, and evaluation support. The successful candidate should be able to work respectfully with diverse communities. The position is based in Washington, D.C., with the potential of up to twenty percent travel. Applicants should have knowledge and/or experience in small business management, administration and project management, and ability to communicate with diverse audiences.
The Center will begin reviewing applications September 16, 2019, and continue accepting applications until a suitable candidate is identified.