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Anthropology Symposium: Elizabeth Povinelli

Join us for a lecture by Elizabeth Povinelli as part of the spring Anthropology Symposium. Free and open to the public.

"Lure, Bait, Social MacGuffin: the ends of an anthropology of art"

Using the Karrabing Film Collective as a case study, this talk explores a transposition between aesthetics and ethnography in anthropology and critical curatorial practice. As anthropologists refashion ethnography into art, affects, and aesthetics as a mode of thought, critical curatorial practice sees art and aesthetics as an alibi for ethnographic and citizen science research. Rather than choosing sides “Lure, Bait, Social MacGuffin” asks what are the ends and modes of the critical arts outside science and aesthetics.

Elizabeth A. Povinelli  is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University and one of the founders of the Karrabing Film Collective, a grassroots, indigenous film collective based in north Australia. Her writing is focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that supports what she calls ‘an anthropology of the otherwise’.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Eliot Hall, 314
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public, Staff


Anthropology Symposium

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