Anthropology and Neoliberal Capitalism: implications for theory and ethnography
Wednesday 9 December 2015, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Sherry Ortner
Chair: Professor Charles Stafford
In this lecture, Sherry Ortner will argue that the emergence of neoliberal capitalism since the 1980s has had profound effects on anthropology, at the levels of both theory and ethnography. At the level of theory, she will consider shifts in the ancestral status of the Marx-Weber-Durkheim set, and the significance of the rise of Foucauldian theory. At the level of ethnographic description and interpretation, she will consider the proliferation of work in which neoliberalism is either the framework or object of research.
Sherry Ortner is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at UCLA.
Charles Stafford is Professor of Anthropology at the LSE and also the editor and publisher of the popular online review journal, Anthropology of this Century.
Celebrating LSE’s 120th Anniversary in the Department of Anthropology
On Friday, 11 December 2015, as part of the celebrations for the LSE’s 120th anniversary, the Department of Anthropology will hold a one-day event to explore its history in the formative period of Malinowski’s leadership and the years immediately after. In the 1930s, Malinowski, together with his younger colleagues and research students, who mostly worked in Africa, established the LSE department as the home of the new, fieldwork-based, functionalist social anthropology that would become dominant in Britain in the following years. Although several historians of British anthropology have described Malinowski’s achievements and their importance, most practising anthropologists have only a rough idea about them and, perhaps especially in LSE, Malinowski is often little more than a legendary name. Through a series of short talks and exhibits, designed to inform and entertain both anthropologists and others interested in the LSE’s history, this event will explore the department between the early 1930s and the 1950s, looking at some topics that have been thoroughly investigated by historians, as well as others that have not.
When: Friday, 11 December 2015 from 09:30 to 17:15
Where: Tower 1, Room G.01, LSE
9:30 – 9:40: welcome/introduction by Katy Gardner, Head of Department
9:40 – 10:30: Michael Young’s new chapter on Malinowski at the LSE (read by Catherine Allerton in his absence) and with Adam Kuper’s commentary
10:30 – 11:00: coffee break
11:00 – 11:30: Michael Cox on the place of Anthropology in the LSE, c. 1930-1950
11:30 – 12:00: Sherry Ortner on Hortense Powdermaker, LSE PhD 1928
12:00 – 12:30: Jean La Fontaine on Audrey Richards, LSE PhD 1930
12:30 – 1:30 lunch
1:30 – 2:00: Chris Fuller on Anthropology and the LSE’s links with India and China
2:00 – 2:30: Stephan Feuchtwang on Fei Hsiao-t’ung, China, LSE PhD 1938
2:30 – 3:00: Filippo Osella on A. Aiyappan, India, LSE PhD 1937
3:00 – 3:30: coffee break
3:30 – 4:00: David Mills on what happens after Malinowski leaves the LSE
4:00 – 4:30: Adrian Mayer, LSE PhD 1953 on being a PhD student at the LSE + the seminar
4:30 – 5:15: Maurice Bloch on the Department in more recent times with commentaries and a round table discussion by Laura Bear and Hans Steinmuller
Evenings of 12 November, 26 November and 10 December
MEET THE AUTHORS AND THE DIRECTOR of THE YOUNG VIC
to discuss their ethnographies
These are OPEN SEMINARS of "The Anthropology of Revolution"
Anthropology and Development: challenges for the 21st century
Wednesday 28 October 2015, 6.30-8pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor James Fairhead, Professor Katy Gardner, Professor David Lewis, Professor David Mosse
Chair: Professor Deborah James
This is a panel discussion in support of the following publication Anthropology and Development Challenges for the Twenty-First Century, which will include both authors, Katy Gardner and David Lewis who are both LSE academics.
James Fairhead is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex.
Katy Gardner is Professor of Anthropology and Head of the Department of Anthropology at LSE.
David Lewis (@lewisd100) is Professor of Social Policy and Development and Head of the Department of Social Policy at LSE.
David Mosse is Professor of Social Anthropology at SOAS.
Deborah James is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at LSE.
Displacement, Belonging, and Longing: Notes on Traveling Heavy
Thursday, 30 October 2014, 6.30 - 8pm, Ground Floor 1, Tower One, LSE
Speaker: Professor Ruth Behar (University of Michigan)
Chairs: Dr Ana Gutierrez and Olivia Mena
Travelers are those who go elsewhere because they want to. Immigrants are those who go elsewhere because they have to. Professor Ruth Behar explores these two different contemporary forms of movement across spatial borders. Drawing from a range of family stories and ethnographic travels described in her new book, Traveling Heavy, she will speak about issues of identity and place and the dilemmas of doing research in Cuba.
Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in New York. She is the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Among her honors, she is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. Ruth has worked as an ethnographer in Spain, Mexico, and Cuba, and is known for her humanistic approach to understanding identity, immigration, and the search for home in our global era.
Her books include The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village; Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story; The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart; and An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba. She is co-editor of Women Writing Culture, editor of Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba, and co-editor of The Portable Island: Cubans at Home in the World. Her documentary, Adio Kerida/Goodbye Dear Love: A Cuban Sephardic Journey, has been shown in festivals around the world.
As much a provocative scholar as a creative writer, Ruth is also known for her essays, poetry, and fiction. Her literary work can be found in King David’s Harp: Autobiographical Essays by Jewish Latin American Writers; Telling Stories: An Anthology for Writers; Burnt Sugar/Caña Quemada: Contemporary Cuban Poetry in English and Spanish; and The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. Her latest book is Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between Journeys.
This public lecture is part of the Sociology Department ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies (REPS) PhD Network Seminar Series and is put on jointly with the Department of Anthropology. It was also made possible through additional support from the LSE Student Union and Mike Savage's ESRC Professorial Fellowship.