Department of Anthropology

"Gyro Nights: Inhuman Culture/ Inhuman Nature" A Talk by Stuart McLean

Mon, April 3, 2017 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM

McLean on the beach
McLean on the beach

What might become of anthropology (and of the humans it claims to study) were it to take more seriously the other-than-human ‘life’ of the materials from which human worlds are constructed?  In this regard, might anthropology stand to learn not only from the biological and physical sciences but also from art and literature as engagements with the materiality of media (paint, stone, celluloid, the body of the performer, the rhythmic and phonic ‘substance’ of language) that always have the capacity to exceed or disrupt the human projects enacted through them?  This presentation explores these questions though a series of engagements with works featured at the Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival, held annually on the island of Papa Westray (or ‘Papay’) in Orkney.

Stuart McLean is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.  His book Fictionalizing Anthropology: Encounters and Fabulations At the Edges of the Human will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in Fall 2017.

Sponsored by: Center for European Studies and the Department of Anthropology

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