The Challenge of Anthropologies of/in Multiple Worlds: Politics, Decolonization, and Beyond

December 7, 2018 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Conversation with Marisol de la Cadena and Mario Blaser, editors of the just-published anthology, "A World of Many Worlds," a book in which contributors explore how divergent knowledges and practices make worlds. The authors explore concepts such as difference and sameness, recursion, divergence, political ontology, cosmopolitics, and relations, and use them as methods and analytics to open up possibilities for a pluriverse: a cosmos composed through divergent political practices that do not need to become the same. Renzo Taddei, Mellon Visiting Professor at Duke, Duke assistant professor Christine Folch, and UNC-CH associate professor Margaret Wiener will also participate. Marisol de la Cadena is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, and the author of "Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice across Andean Worlds," also published by Duke University Press. Mario Blaser is Associate Professor of Geography and Archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and author of the Duke University Press publication "Storytelling: Globalization from the Chaco and Beyond."

8:30 am--9:00 am: Coffee and light breakfast

9:00 am--11:00 am: A World of Many Worlds     
     Marisol de la Cadena, University of California-Davis
     Mario Blaser, Memorial University, Newfoundland

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11:00 am--11:30 am: Empanada Break

11:30 am--1:30 pm: Multiple Worlds, Multiple Anthropologies
     Margaret Wiener, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
     Christine Folch, Duke University
     Renzo Taddei, Duke University and Federal University of São Paulo

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1:30 pm--2:00 pm: Signing of A World of Many Worlds (Duke University Press) by co-editors Mario Blaser and Marisol de la Cadena


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  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
  • Brazil Initiative