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Department Speakers Series

"Moonson Travelers: Route and History on an Indian Ocean Dhow"

1:00 PM, Brooks Hall Commons
Reception to follow in Brooks Hall Foyer

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1:00 PM, Brooks Hall Commons
Reception to follow in Brooks Hall Foyer
Cosponsored with the Field Methods Workshop (Department of Sociology)


Title TBA

1pm Brooks Hall Commons
Reception to follow in Brooks Hall Foyer

"'Civilizing' China: Cultural Beliefs about the Urban and Modern in the People’s Republic of China"

"The Chinese Revolution of 1949 is seen by scholars as the quintessential peasant  revolution, and a pro-peasant stance became standard in political rhetoric following the Revolution. But during my ethnographic work over the last three decades I have heard just the opposite view of the peasantry expressed by both urban and rural Chinese. In this lecture I will discuss the stigmatizing of the peasantry and the corresponding valorization of the city.

Singular-Particulars: Some Reflections on the Excessiveness of Death, Mourning, and Loss

Drawing upon phenomenological insights into the ways that phenomena disclose, indicate, or conceal themselves given the particular conditions in which they are situated and the distinctive modes of access that we may have to them, this talk will sketch the ethical and ontological entailments that afford access to what I term a “singular-particular.” While most modes of particularity inhabiting ethnographic work can be understood as typified particulars, that is as particulars that disclose something of the recurrent and typified ways that particular individuals or groups go about navigating

Graduate Student workshop on Ethnography in Advertising

Anthropology Beyond the Academy

As one of the increasing number of anthropology Ph.D.'s who by choice or necessity find employment outside of academia, in this talk I draw on my own career path to explore the practice of anthropology both inside and outside of the academy. I discuss why I left a tenured faculty position and describe my attempts to bring an ethnographic sensibility to my work with USAID as a AAAS Fellow and contractor. Please join me for what I hope will be a lively discussion about academia, anthropology, international development, ethics, and intellectual growth.

The Phoenix Factor in Community Archaeology, NW Tanzania: Disease, Revitalization, and Heritage for the Future

If there is a common thread that weaves together different yet successful genres of community archaeology, it is an understanding by community members of archaeological principles and the capacity of archaeology to impact identity and historical representations. Communities without prior comprehension of archaeology or heritage research require the development of trust and reciprocal relationships as well as patient mentoring and exposure to the practices of archaeology.

So Long Asleep, Waking the Ghosts of a War

Graduate Student Career Design Workshop with Amy Clobes and Julia Lapan


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