Gebby Keny

I am a rising third-year PhD student in Rice University’s Anthropology Department. My dissertation research is situated in South Korea where I investigate how emergent climate change mitigation strategies and ongoing military practices animate the physical and conceptual terrain of the country’s western coastline. I am principally interested in how such processes align on intertidal mudflats, causing intertidal mudflats to become scientifically and existentially intelligible in new ways.

My research is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. At Rice, I am a predoctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS), co-coordinator of the Ethnography Studio, co-coordinator of Solar Studios, and co-coordinator of the Ethnographic Film Society. I am also the student representative to the General Anthropology Division Board. I received my BA in Anthropology from Haverford College. Prior to starting my doctoral studies at Rice, I worked as a media development coordinator for in Santa Clara, CA and Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Fellow for the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, Hurford Center for the Humanities, and Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center at Haverford College.

Films and Video Installations:

Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear (US, 2019, 14 mins)

Not Ok (US, 2018, 37 mins), Editor

WAKE (US, 2014, 23 mins)

Sam and Goldie (US, 2014, 13 mins)

Research Areas

climate change; militarization; political ecology; blue carbon; coastal governance; feminist STS; emplacement; visual anthropology; sensory ethnography; South Korea


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