I will have more to write about this after the event has taken place, probably a short summary. In the meantime, I wish to post the announcement and a related link.
JOHANNES FABIAN, Sept. 22nd at 5pm – Location: H-1120, Concordia University
Co-hosted by the Dept of Sociology & Anthropology, Concordia University and Dept of Anthropology, McGill University.
The lecture by Anthropologist Johannes Fabian on Monday September 22nd at 5pm entitled “Ethnography as Commentary: Writing from the Virtual Archive” is being co-hosted by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University and the Department of Anthropology at McGill University.
“Ethnography as Commentary: Writing from the Virtual Archive”
The internet makes it possible to set up publicly (or widely) accessible virtual archives of ethnographic texts. This is likely to change conditions of ethnographic writing and publishing. This paper reports on a recent experiment (about to appear in print) with writing ethnography in the presence of a text, a conversation with a Congolese healer and provider of protection. The text can be consulted at:
Johannes Fabian is professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He did research on religious movements, language, work, and popular culture in the Shaba mining region of Zaire (1966-7, 1972-4, 1985, 1986). In his theoretical and critical work, he addressed questions of epistemology and of the history of anthropology. His books include History from Below (1990), Power and Performance (1990), Language and Colonial Power (1986, 1991), Time and the Work of Anthropology (1991), Remembering the Present: Painting and Popular History in Zaire (1996), Moments of Freedom: Anthropology and Popular Culture (1998), and Out of Our Minds: Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa (2000). Anthropology with an Attitude, a collection of essays, was published in 2001.