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Emiko Stock is a PhD candidate in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. Her work with Cham Sayyids responds to recent reformulations of Alid piety – a devotion to the Prophet’s Family and Imam Ali – somewhere between Sunnism and Shi'ism. She follows those traces from Cambodia to Iran where she joins professional photographers and amateur "selfiers" as a videographer. Taking this visual experience as a pathway into the silenced social memory underlying those trajectories of conversion, she looks at how history touches us and how we touch it every time we think in images.
Originally an interpreter and ethnographer in the corporate world, Emiko took anthropology courses at The Royal University of Fine Arts (Phnom Penh) and Université de La Sorbonne (Paris) before she received Masters in Khmer (INALCO, Paris) and in Anthropology (Université Paris X Nanterre).
Some of her research and teaching interests include Muslim diversity in the modern world, cinematic representations of otherness, and alternative modes of story-telling inspired by visual anthropology, the writing of ethnography, and surrealism.
Historical anthropology, Visual Anthropology, Anthropology of Islam, Southeast Asia and the Middle East