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Virtual seminar series Autumn 2020/202

Seminars are held on Wednesday 4-6PM on Zoom. For more information about each seminar, please check our events calendar.

Please register via Eventbrite (links for individual sessions below)

Anthropology and Double-Consciousness: Moving Between Worlds?

The movement across borders and spaces of cultural difference through the practice of ‘fieldwork’ is at the core of anthropology’s self-image. This seminar series problematises this conception of anthropology, responding to the current climate of Covid-19 lock-downs, border controls, and the eruption of global movements for racial justice which have featured prominently on and off university campuses. Taking W.E.B. Du Bois’ notion of ‘double consciousness’ as a starting point we foreground encounters across difference and inequality within and around the space of the university, forms of both mobility and immobility, and the relation between academia and racial justice, as vital sites of anthropological thought and critique.

14/10/2020: Discovering, exploring, and redefining the ‘Academic Voice’

With Chantelle Lewis and Tissot Regis, creators/presenters of Surviving Society Podcast

Convenor: Amy Tapsfield

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28/10/2020: Empowering today's anthropology students With Lisette van den Berg Convenor: Avery Delany

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11/11/2020: Border-crossings: perspectives on migration, imagining mobility and the making of anthropology

With Maurice Rafael Magaña (University of Arizona), Korinta Maldonado Goti (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Ellen Moodie (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Tom Selwyn (SOAS)

Convenors: Larisa Carranza and Orly Orbach

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25/11/2020: Academia and activism within the context of Black Lives Matter

With Shawn Sobers (University of West England Bristol)

Convenors: Cathy Nugent and Caterina Sartori 

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9/12/2020: Theory will not save you: Amerindian perspectivism and the limits of anthropological liberalism
 With Gabriel Dattatreyan and Julia Sauma (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Convenors: Robert Deakin, Henrike Neuhaus and Caterina Sartori

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The seminars are free, but all attendees will need to register via Eventbrite.