The Department of Anthropology’s Autumn seminar series, ‘Anthropology and Double-Consciousness: Moving Between Worlds?‘, begins this week.
The movement across borders and spaces of cultural difference through the practice of ‘fieldwork’ is at the core of anthropology’s self-image. This seminar series problematises this conception of anthropology, responding to the current climate of Covid-19 lock-downs, border controls, and the eruption of global movements for racial justice which have featured prominently on and off university campuses. Taking W.E.B. Du Bois’ notion of ‘double consciousness’ as a starting point we foreground: encounters across difference and inequality within and around the space of the university, forms of both mobility and immobility, and the relation between academia and racial justice, as vital sites of anthropological thought and critique.
Taking place on Zoom, these seminars will be Wednesday 4pm-6pm from 14th October to 9th December 2020.