I began the MIAS program with a focus on the connection between human rights and moving image archiving. Prior to even applying to the program, as a media archive intern with the video advocacy organization, WITNESS, I had become keenly aware of the power that archives hold for highlighting human rights causes and for holding perpetrators accountable. While this focus continues to be my primary interest and has never left my work, through my time in the MIAS program my interests have grown to a considerably wider focus on advocating for greater internationalism within the moving image archiving field and seeking out alternative approaches to established practice. This is in no small part due to the imprint of projects I have engaged in as a student.
In the MIAS core courses I have undertaken projects that engage my interest in internationalism and have sought out elective courses that have further expanded my thinking. For example, my final project for MIAS 230 Moving Image Cataloging examined standard practices for describing moving images in relation to a group often underrepresented in the cataloging literature, indigenous media producers. Elective courses such as IS 227 Communities and Information, IS 291 Global New Media and IS 289 Community-Based Archiving ostensibly have little to do with moving image archiving, but the lessons I have learned in these courses have had a major influence in my approach to the field. This omnivorous approach has allowed me to make connections between moving image archiving and fields both related and unrelated to it in order to produce emergent ideas that fuse multiple disciplines. My forthcoming presentation at the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archives Association Conference on digital divides in audiovisual archives is a perfect example of how my knowledge of the moving image archiving field has fused with lessons I have learned in elective courses.
I have not done as many practica as many of my fellow students. I have opted instead to take a wider variety of elective courses while I have the opportunity to do so as student at UCLA. That said, both my summer practicum with the Genocide Archive of Rwanda and my current practicum with Dino Everett at the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive have been incredibly valuable experiences.
My time in the MIAS program has been an amazing experience and I value every day that I have been a part of it. In the coming months I will begin life as a full time moving image archivist. My career could follow any number of paths and I look forward to seeing where it takes me.
Thank you for taking the time to examine my portfolio.