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The College of Arts & Sciences Center for the Humanities at the University of Miami presents

Imagining Culture(s), Rethinking Disciplines:
A Conference on Anthropology and the Humanities

Friday-Saturday, April 1-2, 2011


1301 Stanford Dr.

University of Miami

Open to the public.  Registration required.
Visiting Faculty and General Public, click here
for information regarding your registration fee.



9:00 am - 9:30 am - Continental Breakfast

9:30 am - 9:45 am - Opening Remarks

10:00 am - 11:15 am
Panel 1: Archeology, History, and Anthropology

Chair - Kate Ramsey, University of Miami

1. "When in Algeria, Do as the Romans Did: Colonial Archaeology in Algeria, 1830-1870," Bonnie Effros, University of Florida

2. “Transnational Networks and Constituting Paradigms in the Anthropology of the African Diaspora in the Americas, 1925-1950,” Kevin A. Yelvington, University of South Florida

3. “The Anthropologist as Historiographer,” Patrick Nason, Florida Atlantic University

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Chair - Viviana Díaz-Balsera, University of Miami

“Multiculturalism in the Americas and the Traffic of Difference,” Mabel Moraña, William H. Gass Professor in Arts and Sciences, Professor of Spanish and International and Area Studies, Director of the Latin American Studies Program, Washington University (St. Louis)

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch

2:15 - 3:45 pm
Panel 2: Ethnography and the History of Contemporary Cultures

Chair: Louis Herns Marcelin, University of Miami

1. "Ethnographic Documentary and the Cultural Study of Sex Work," Nicholas de Villiers, University of North Florida

2. "Provincializing Neoliberal Capitalism through Culture(s)," Manduhai Buyandelgar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3. "Up-country Tamil Ethnogenesis in Sri Lanka," Daniel Bass, Lynn University

4. “'Kalinago Barana Aute, the Carib Cultural Village by the Sea': Discourse, Meanings, and Power Relationships,” Christiana Abraham, University of the West Indies & Patrick Cloos, University of Ottawa/Montfort Hospital

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Chair: Frank Palmeri, University of Miami

Keynote: “Cultures of History,” Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Reception

7:00 pm - Conference Dinner at Two Chefs Restaurant


9:00 am - 9:30 am - Continental Breakfast

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Chair - Tim Watson, University of Miami

“My Quarrel with Anthropology,” Erna Brodber, Novelist and Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of West Indies (Mona, Jamaica)   

10:45 - 12:15 pm
Panel 3: Ethnography and Literature

Chair - John Funchion, University of Miami

1. "Lindsey Collen's Penetrative Plume: The Rape of Sita and the Analysis of Mauritian Hindu Culture," Rohini Bannerjee, University of St. Mary, Canada

2. "Dressing the Wound: The Haitian Revolution and Radical Historiography in Nalo Hopkinson's The Salt Roads," Jonathan Glover, University of Florida

3. "An Anthropological Reading of Miral al-Tahawy's novel The Tent," Caroline Seymour-Jorn, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4. "Historical Marginalia: Mock(ing) Historiography in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," Afif Nasreddine, University of Florida

12:15 - 2:00 pm - Lunch

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Closing Roundtable
Dipesh Chakrabarty (University of Chicago), Erna Brodber (University of the West Indies - Mona, Jamaica), and Mabel Moraña (Washington University)