1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

George Mentore

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Sussex 1984

Brooks Hall, 307

434-924-7038

The disciplinary effects of anthropology have over the years gradually framed and reframed my current research interests.  They have done so as the hard-won legitimacies to speak and to write about the cultural forces contributing to the presence of human socialities in the Antilles and Amazonia.

During my time as a student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, their anthropology favored Structural-Marxism when it seemed the most likely theoretical paradigm to succeed.  Today, however, perhaps with greater vigor, I animadvert more about the differences between observing, interpreting, and describing the lived experiences of individuals in their various social worlds.

Mentore Field WorkIf I were to admit to any formal category from which I now teach and research, I think it would have to be that commonly referred to as “Philosophical Anthropology.”  My theoretical concerns have indeed been depicted as stemming from a subaltern consciousness, yet I intend neither to interrogate the scientific specificity of the anthropological project nor to place judgment upon its Euro-American emphasis.  Rather, I would like to site the interpretative limits of the project and, from there, embrace -- rather than evade -- the anthropological difficulties compromising humanistic descriptions of the fabulously different ways people live their lives.

I am also the editor in chief for Anthropology and Humanism.

Click here to view my complete list of publications and CV.

Specializations

Amerindian and Caribbean studies; the anthropology of knowledge, the anthropology of power, and the anthropology of emotion.


Selected Publications

Forthcoming - The Doubling: Preliminary Essays on Empathic Anthropology.

2011 - Abandoned People, Madness, and the Untranslatable. Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of St. Andrews Occasional Publications 32.

2009 - Entrevista a Edith Turner”en AIBR.   Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana 4 (3):i-xviii. 

2008 - The Tropal Dynamics of a Waiwai House. Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, Guyana Government, Georgetown. 

2007 - Spiritual Translucency and Pornocratic Anthropology. Anthropology and Humanism 32 (2):192-201.

2007 - Guyanese Amerindian Epistemology: The Gift of Knowledge from a Pacifist Insurgence. In Race and Class 49:2.

2006 - The Triumph and Sorrow of Beauty: Comparing the Recursive, Contrapuntal, and Cellular Aesthetics of Being. In TIPITÍ: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America, Vol.4; No.1&2.

2006 - Amerindian Modes of Knowledge. TIPITÍ: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America 4 (1&2). (With Fernando Santos-Granero).

2006 - O triunfo e a dor da beleza: Coparando as estéticas recursive, contrapontística e cellular do ser. Revista de Antropologia 49 (1). In a Special Issue in honor of Professor Joanna Overing: In the World and About the World Amerindian Modes of Knowledge. George Mentore and Fernando Santos-Granero, eds.

The Doubling: Preliminary Essays on Empathic Anthropology.

Department Faculty

Ira Bashkow
Associate Professor
Ellen Contini-Morava
Professor and Acting Chair (Fall 2015)
Frederick H. Damon
Professor
Eve Danziger
Professor; Affiliated Faculty: Linguistics Program; Cognitive Science Program
Lise Dobrin
Associate Professor & Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics
Carrie Douglass
Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Gertrude Fraser
Associate Professor
Richard Handler
Professor & Director of Global Development Studies Program
Jeffrey L. Hantman
Associate Professor
James Igoe
Associate Professor
Ravindra Khare
Professor & Director of the Center on Critical Human Survival Issues
Adria LaViolette
Associate Professor
Daniel Lefkowitz
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Susan McKinnon
Professor
George Mentore
Associate Professor
Rachel Most
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs & Professor
Fraser D. Neiman
Lecturer
Stephen Plog
David A. Harrison Professor of Archaeology
China Scherz
Assistant Professor
John Shepherd
Associate Professor
Margaret Smith
Director & Curator, The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
Edith Turner
Lecturer
Roy Wagner
Professor
Patricia Wattenmaker
Associate Professor
Kath Weston
Professor