Fall 2011 Athenæum Series: From the Engagement of Anthropology to the Anthropology of Engagement

Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place on Wednesday, Nov. 9th 2011 at noon, presented by Dr. Joshua Hatton, Department of Global Cultures and Languages.

Dr. Hatton writes, “Recently, some left-liberal anthropologists have argued that their discipline is and should be ‘engaged.’ In this presentation, I take a further step away from the project of the ‘engagement’ of anthropology, with the aim of being able to see it more clearly as an object. I show how the academic rhetoric of ‘engagement’ can be understood as being both a reaction to and a legitimation of neoliberal changes in the university sector in both the U.K. and U.S. I conclude by suggesting an alternative to ‘engagement’ for anthropologists and academics in related disciplines who are committed to using their scholarship to promote civil rights.”

Snacks will be provided, and the presentation is open to all.


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