[PAST EVENT] Decolonizing Anthropology:  African American And Other Ex-Centric Scholarship

April 4, 2018
5:15pm - 6:30pm
Small Hall, Room 110
300 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Dr. Faye V. Harrison
Dr. Faye V. Harrison

Almost 30 years ago Faye Harrison raised the question of whether ?an authentic anthropology can emerge from the critical intellectual traditions and counter-hegemonic struggles of Third World peoples? Can a genuine study of humankind arise from dialogues, debates, and reconciliation amongst various non-Western and Western intellectuals ? both those with formal credentials and those with other socially meaningful and appreciated qualifications?? 

During her talk, ?Decolonizing Anthropology: African American and Other Ex-Centric Scholarship,? Dr. Faye Harrison will discuss concepts, studies and works aimed at advancing the critical reconstruction of the discipline devoted to understanding humankind in all its diversity and commonality.

A sociocultural anthropologist specializing in the study of social inequalities, human rights, and intersections of race, gender, class, and (trans)national belonging (or not belonging), Faye V. Harrison is a Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology as well as a Faculty Affiliate with the Program on Women & Gender in Global Perspectives and the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has contributed to the history and politics of anthropology and of African American/African Diaspora studies. Some of her recent writings address domestic and international divisions of intellectual labor and performing diverse acts of theory-work on ?ex-centric? stages.

Dr. Harrison is the author of Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology in the Global Age and editor of and contributor to Resisting Racism & Xenophobia: Global Perspectives on Race, Gender, & Human Rights; African-American Pioneers in Anthropology (co-ed.); and three editions of  Decolonizing Anthropology: Moving Further toward an Anthropology for Liberation.   In 2016, she was commissioned by UNESCO's Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems to write her essay, "Anthropology Interrogating Power and Politics" for inclusion in an upcoming e-book.  Currently serving as President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), Dr. Harrison is a past President of the Association of Black Anthropologists and also served twice on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association.

Her talk is hosted by the Institute for Historical Biology (IHB), Africana Studies, and the Dept. of Anthropology.  A Q&A will follow the talk, moderated by Dr. Michael Blakey, Director of the IHB.  Light refreshments will be available immediately prior to the lecture.


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