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Guha Shankar

Guha Shankar is Folklife Specialist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. At the Center he is involved in a range of public outreach programs, including multi-media productions and documentation efforts, such as the Civll Rights History Project, and the lectures, symposia, and concert series. Along with Center colleagues he helps develop digital technology solutions to the challenges of sustaining, preserving, and providing access to audio-visual collections. As the AFC’s s resource person for community, place-based education projects, Shankar conducts workshops in ethnographic research methods and skills-based training in field documentation in a range of communities and institutions. His research interests and publications include issues surrounding intangible cultural heritage and intellectual property for indigenous communities, cultural politics and performance in the Caribbean and developments in the field of ethnographic media production and preservation. He has produced and edited films on material cultural traditions and community life in a variety of cultural contexts. Shankar earned his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, with a concentration in Folklore and Public Culture. Prior to undertaking graduate studies at the University, Shankar was Media Production Specialist and documentary film producer at the Center for Folklife Programs at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1985-1993).

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