Literary Anthropology

Advanced Seminar Co-Chairs Anand Pandian, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, and Stuart McLean, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Seminar participants will seek to understand the place of literary craft in anthropology, at a time when much recent scholarship has sought to blur the line between the anthropological monograph and genres such as fiction, memoir, poetry, and the visual arts. At the colloquium, Pandian and McLean will propose a closer and more sustained engagement with anthropology's literary dimensions as a means of highlighting the discipline's unique position among the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts, and as an important way of engaging wider audiences—not by producing simplified versions of academic texts but through the making of work that is itself innovative, appealing, and intellectually adventurous in form. Pandian and McLean argue that such work, far from being an esoteric minority pursuit, should be seen as central to anthropology's engagement with the contemporary world.

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