contributing writer
February 21 - March 20, 2015

Pacific Sky Exhibitions is pleased to welcome Jess Perlitz’s project That Which is Set Before the Eyes with a collaborative writing response by Philip Scher creating new avenues of discourse around the visual material presented.

Click here to read Phil Scher's text I Know Yuh By Yuh Nose Hole

Philip Scher is an anthropologist, culture scholar, and a contributing editor and writer for Cabinet Magazine. A professor at the University of Oregon he is a 2008-2009 recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar award and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He has taught in France & Barbados, as well as at George Washington University, University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University. He's been invited to lecture in Paris, Berlin, Toronto, NY, & Goettingen, among others. Philip got his BA from Brown and his MA & PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Philip's area of focus is the Caribbean, with primary research interests in the politics of heritage and cultural identity, popular and public culture, Folklore, cultural studies and political economy. His publications include two edited volumes: Perspectives on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture, History and Representation from Wiley-Blackwell Publishers (2010) and Trinidad Carnival: The Cultural Politics of a Transnational Festival from Indiana University Press (2007). Other recent publications include his book Carnival and the Formation of a Caribbean Transnation (University Press of Florida, 2003) and “Copyright Heritage: Preservation, Carnival and the State in Trinidad” (Anthropological Quarterly, Summer 2002), and “The Devil and the Bedwetter” (Western Folklore, Summer 2007). His latest work concerns the idea of culture as an economic resource, Critical Heritage Studies, and the implications for anthropology of the copyright and legal protection of expressive culture and folklore as well as a study of World Heritage sites in the Caribbean.