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
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