Nitin Sawhney, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement. His research, teaching and creative practice engages the critical role of technology, artistic interventions and DIY cultures among communities in contested spaces. Nitin previously taught at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) and conducted research at the MIT Media Lab on networked collaboration for sustainable product design, ubiquitous computing and responsive media in urban spaces.
Nitin is affiliated with the MIT Center for Civic Media where he established the Department of Play, a research collaborative to design participatory media tools for marginalized youth. Since 2006 he has conducted research and digital storytelling initiatives (Voices Beyond Walls) with Palestinian youth in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. He also co-founded the Boston Palestine Film Festival in 2007 to showcase Palestinian films, arts and culture. Nitin is currently conducting participatory media workshops and pilot research studies with at-risk youth in Chelsea, New York. He is also completing a documentary film, Flying Paper, about the participatory culture of kite making and flying among children in Gaza, with support from National Geographic.
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