Anthropology Colloquia: Dr. Lucas Bessire, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma

The UBC Department of Anthropology is pleased to present the


2015-2016 Anthropology Colloquia  



When: Thursday, February 25, 2016

Time: 11:30 – 1:00 PM

Where: ANSO 134, 6303 Marine Drive



Dr. Lucas Bessire

Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma



“Edge-Effects: Remediating Crisis and Critique in the Ayoreo Video Project”




How can we envision an effective critical response to the non-sensical violence against life on our planet?  To formulate a response to this perplexing dilemma, the talk draws on the experimental video imagery recently created by Ayoreo-speaking people of the Paraguayan and Bolivian Gran Chaco.  It explores how unauthorized Indigenous self-imagery and the minor conditions of its production may offer untimely correctives to the visual economies, temporal causalities, perceptual registers and political lexicons often presumed to define the so-called “Anthropocene.” In doing so, it asks how Ayoreo remediations of self and world may charter novel axes for ethnographic critique.


Bio:  Lucas Bessire is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.  He is the author of Behold the Black Caiman: A Chronicle of Ayoreo Life (University of Chicago Press, 2014).  


Co-Sponsored by: Department of Anthropology and Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies