McCurdy Distinguished Anthropology Lecture with Marisol de la Cadena, author of Earth Beings

4:45 PM  - 7:00 PM
Thursday Mar 23, 2017
JBD Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Marisol de la Cadena will speak at the second annual David W. McCurdy Distinguished Anthropology Lecture.  The title of her lecture is "Uncommoning Nature: Stories from the Anthropo-not-seen."  Marisol de la Cadena is Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Davis, and author of Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice Across Andean Worlds, and Indigenous Mestizos: The Politics of Race and Culture in Cuzco, Peru, 1919-1991.  The entire campus is invited to the public lecture and reception following (Reception in Weyerhaeuser Board Room).

More about Marisol de la Cadena:
I was trained as an anthropologist in Peru, England, France and the US. My interests are located at the interface between Science and Technology Studies and non-Science and Technology Studies, and they include the study of politics, multi-species (or multi-entities) relations, indigeneity, history and the a-historical, world anthropologies and the anthropologies of worlds. In all these areas, my concern is the relationship between concepts and methods, and interfaces as analytical sites. More prosaically, I am interested in ethnographic concepts – those that blur the distinction between what we call theory and the empirical, can also indicate the limits of both, and thus open them up to what exceeds them.

My recent book, Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice Across Andean Worlds (2015) is based on conversations with two Quechua speaking men that lived in Cuzco (Peru). Through these conversations we think together about life at the intriguing crossroads where modern politics (and history) and earth-beings (and the ahistorical) meet and diverge, thus exceeding each other. The book is an ethnography concerned with the concreteness of incommensurability and the eventfulness of the ahistorical.

Currently my field sites are cattle ranches and veterinary schools in Colombia. There I engage practices and relations between people, cows, and ‘things’ in general. Thinking at divergent bio/geo interfaces, I am interested in capturing 'the stuff' that makes life and death in conditions of dramatic ecological and political change as the country endures extreme droughts and floods and wants to transition between the violence of war to a condition of peace that might not be without violence."

About David W. McCurdy Distinguished Lecture:Established to honor David W. McCurdy, who founded Macalester’s anthropology department in 1975, this annual lecture will bring to campus leading scholars in all areas of anthropology. McCurdy is the author of numerous textbooks for teaching both cultural anthropology as well as anthropological methods, including the widely used Conformity and Conflict, now in its 15th edition. He is a renowned teacher and was made the subject of an article in 1977 by Change Magazine for innovative teaching in anthropology. He was the recipient of the Macalester Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995, and in 1997, he received the first teaching award given by the American Anthropological Association.

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents and Families and Public

Sponsored By: Anthropology

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