How do Secwepemc narratives connect people to place, ancestral laws, and land rights? Join us to discuss this question with our featured guest speakers Marianne Ignace, Professor of Linguistics and First Nations Studies at SFU and Chief Ronald E. Ignace, Adjunct Professor, Sociology and Anthropology at SFU. This is our first colloquia of the 2018-2019 season on October 4 from 11:30 to 1 PM in ANSO 134.
More-than-Human Democracy: On the Political Lives of Cows, Rivers, Mountains, and Gods in India’s Central Himalaya examines the ways in which nonhumans – mountains, rivers, cows, and gods – are drawn into politics as intentional, subjective actors in India. Through an examination of the inclusions and exclusions at the heart of this process, it probes the possibilities and limits of more-than-human democratic politics. This event is sonsored by CISAR, the Department of Anthropology and the UBC Himalaya Program, with special support from the Cascadia Engagement Fund Research Mobility Award, “Connecting South Asian and Himalayan Research Communities Across Cascadia”
Join us for The Monkey as Mirror, with speaker Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, a Vilas Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As shown in the recent excitement about the “ontological turn,” the nature/culture theme has been a perennial concern in anthropology. Using some images of the monkey and the monkey performance in Japan, this talk introduces the historical changes in the meanings assigned to the monkey which occupies the pivotal space between nature (deities, animals) and culture (humans), with a special emphasis on their uses in socio-political spaces.
Documentary as Present/Presence: Crises, community, and human-damaged landscapes asks what it means to create work that captures the present, rather than a focus on a nostalgic past or a cruel optimism about the future. How is documentary an entry point into ways of seeing the moment we are in and ways of moving through crises together? Speaking about her current feature documentary “Illusions of Control”, Dr. Walsh will discuss the evolution of her methods of storytelling in an age of ecological uncertainty.
This conference asks participants to consider how this generation of anthropologists will shape and be shaped by the field from both inside and out. Facing high competition for academic positions within the field of Anthropology, today’s graduates are coming up with creative ways to reimagine their work for peers and audiences both within and outside of academic institutions.