Jamie Berthe, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, was awarded the prestigious Lurcy Fellowship by the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust. The trust seeks to promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of the United States and France, and secondarily between Americans and Europeans in general. This is achieved by supporting scholarly activities and exchanges which allow members of one society to learn more about the people and civilization of the other society.
Jamie's research interests revolve primarily around visual culture and include the cinema of Jean Rouch. More generally, she is interested in ethnographic and documentary film and issues surrounding the ethics and aesthetics of documentary and fiction film in postcolonial landscapes. Her dissertation will examine African response to Jean Rouch's ethnographic films. With the help of the Lurcy fellowship, Jamie will begin her research in the Rouch archives (at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France) next fall.