Special Speakers Event—The Emergence of a Revitalized Anthropology in the Twenty-First Century

Barbara Tedlock, Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology, SUNY, Buffalo

Event, SAR Boardroom

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free

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In this talk, Tedlock explores what she describes as “the radical decolonization” that is taking place within the discipline of anthropology. The putative “End of Anthropology” has been predicted many times for various reasons: its disappearing object of study (“primitives” and “others”), its location within or alongside colonialism, the loss of its key concepts “culture” and “society,” and the effects of globalization diffusing its subject matter. And yet, the discipline is still very much alive, producing new types of knowledge, new theoretical discourse, new arguments, and many new practitioners actively working to develop a thoroughly “decolonized” anthropology for the twenty-first century. Tedlock explores the trajectory of this trend toward a revitalized anthropology in the twenty-first century and discusses broader implications and possible future directions for the discipline.

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