Max Durayappah-Harrison

Max Durayappah-Harrison

Department of Anthropology
Harrison01 [at] fas.harvard.edu

Max Durayappah-Harrison is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. With research interests focusing on the impacts of trade liberalization on the lifestyles of Japanese farmers and the landscapes they inhabit, he intends to use ethnographic filmmaking as an integral means of exploring the experiences of his informants. These are experiences colored by the effects of globalization, which now more than ever exerts both a pressure to radically alter agricultural practices, while also concurrently encouraging the promotion of a “traditional” food culture that has become a source of soft power in the global marketplace.

Close Grain is a sound piece made with the help of a New England carpenter and his various tools in Ernst Karel’s Sonic Ethnography class.