Ann Stoler

Board of DirectorsMember
2012, October 26–28
Fieldwork in PhilosophyShort SeminarFieldwork in PhilosophyLegend has it that when a discipline is in crisis, it invariably turns to philosophy. While such claims tend to contain a grain of truth, the organizers of this short seminar saw the current “philosophical turn” in anthropology very differently—as a move that marks a broader set of emergent realignments in anthropology’s approach to how concepts operate in the world. Rather than seeing this as a moment of anthropology in crisis, this seminar explored it as a vital, generative moment of possible synergy between the two disciplines.
Imperial FormationsSAR Press PublicationImperial FormationsThe contributors to this volume critique and abandon the limiting assumption that the European colonialism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries can be taken as the representative form of imperialism. Recasting the study of imperial governance, forms of sovereignty, and the imperial state, the authors pay close attention to non-European empires and the active trade in ideas, practices, and technologies among empires, as well as between metropolitan regions and far-flung colonies.
2003, October 26–30
Advanced SeminarEmpires: Thinking Colonial Studies Beyond EuropeWith their October advanced seminar, “Empires: Thinking Colonial Studies beyond Europe,” co-chairs Ann Laura Stoler (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and Carole McGranahan (University of Colorado, Boulder) assembled seven historians and four anthropologists to explore a more nuanced approach to empire. “Empire is a term that is being deployed in new ways at present,” said McGranahan, “and yet at the same time there is an unreflective use of the term. We wanted to open up the concept for examination.”

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