Department of Anthropology

Barbara Tedlock: Reverse Anthropology

Thu, September 27, 2012 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM

Barbara Tedlock: Reverse Anthropology

"Reverse Anthropology: Writing the Self as Other"

A talk by Dr. Barbara Tedlock, Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo.

The performance turn in anthropology has shifted fieldwork and writing away from its former colonialist stance toward an embodied reflexive performance.  Instead of writing with a confident and authoritative voice, ethnographers are now performing with an expressive and contingent voice.  This shift reflects important demographic changes in the population of anthropologists.  With more middle- and lower-class participants, more women and minority scholars, as well as more openly gay persons – the class, race, and gender beliefs and behaviors of ethnographers now exist in the same location as the subjects of their inquiring and their potential audiences.

Barbara Tedlock is currently Research Associate at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she has served as Chair of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Science.  Her honors include appointments to the National Humanities Faculty; a grant-in-aid from the Wenner-Gren Foundation; fellowships at Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the School for Advanced Research; a visiting appointment at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; and the Charles Borden, Geoffrey Bushnell, and Juan Comas Prize for the best paper in linguistics at the International Congress of Americanists. 

She has published more than one hundred articles, essays, and reviews based on her extensive field research among the Zuni of New Mexico, the Maya of Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize; the peoples of Mongolia; and her own people, the Ojibwe of Saskatchewan.  Her books, which have been translated into eight different languages, are Time and the Highland Maya; Teachings from the American Earth:  Indian Religion and Philosophy; Dreaming:  Anthropological and Psychological Interpretations; The Beautiful and the Dangerous:  Dialogues with the Zuni Indians; and The Woman in the Shaman’s Body:  Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine.

This talk is part of the UT Department of Anthropology 2012-2013 Speaker Series. For more information, please contact Dr. Cecilia Ballí.

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