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Short biography

P. Kerim Friedman is an associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan. His research explores language revitalization efforts among indigenous Taiwanese, looking at the relationship between language ideology, indigeneity, and political economy. An ethnographic filmmaker, he co-produced the Jean Rouch award-winning documentary, 'Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!' about a street theater troupe from one of India's Denotified and Nomadic Tribes (DNTs). Kerim is also a co-founder of the anthropology blog Savage Minds.

Major publications

  • Friedman, P. Kerim. “The Hegemony of the Local: Taiwanese Multiculturalism and Indigenous Identity Politics.” Boundary 2, 2017.
  • “Entering the Mountains to Rule the Aborigines: Taiwanese Aborigine Education and the Colonial Encounter.” In Becoming Taiwan, from Colonialism to Democracy, edited by Ann Heylen and Scott Sommers, 19–32. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz-Verlag, 2010.
  • “Ethical Hegemony.” Rethinking Marxism 21, no. 3 (2009): 355–65.
  • Golub, Alex, and P. Kerim Friedman. “Anthropological Publics and Their Onlookers: The Dynamics of Multiple Audiences In The Blog Savageminds.org.” In Media, Engagement, and Anthropological Practice: Contemporary Scholarship, edited by Simone And Sarah Pink Abram. Berghahn Books, 2015.
  • Friedman, P. Kerim. “Collaboration against Ethnography: How Colonial History Shaped the Making of an Ethnographic Film.” Critique of Anthropology 33, no. 4 (December 1, 2013): 390–411.
  • Kerim Friedman, P. “From Thugs to Victims: Dakxin Bajrange Chhara’s Cinema of Justice.” Visual Anthropology Review: Journal of the Society for Visual Anthropology 24, no. 4 (2011): 364–83.

Research interests

Indigeneity, language, education, multiculturalism, Taiwan, India

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