That’s enough about the Other: founding figures in the history of anthropology

Event: Research Group

Location: NEC conference hall

24 February 2020, 15:00 – 17:30

Dr Anna GRIMSHAW, Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta (on Skype)

Dr Patrick LAVIOLETTE, UEFISCDI Award Fellow, Visiting scholar, University College, London

Discussant: Dr Jonathan LARCHER, UEFISCDI Award Fellow, Centre de Recherches en Arts et Langage (EHESS), Lecturer, Nanterre University, Paris

There’s been a recent surge of interest in biography, both as a method of ethnographic research/writing and a way of understanding the history of the discipline. Building on this inertia, this GARD session will explore the potentialities of the biographical genre in advancing how anthropology understands and re-writes its disciplinary history, as well as expands its capacity for representing individual lives in creative ways — especially by drawing inspiration from documentary films. As an experiment in (re)visiting ancestral figures, our discussion will revolved around Raymond Firth, Robert J. Flaherty, David MacDougall, Jean Rouch and John Murra, among others.

Event of The Group for Anthropological Research and Debates (GARD), supported by a grant of the Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation – UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P3-3.6-H2020-2016-0018, within PNCDI III.