Tagged with “lse” (7)

  1. Adam Kuper: Dr Seligman and the Islanders: considering Charles Seligman and his work

    Speaker(s): Professor Adam Kuper Chair: Professor Deborah James

    Recorded on 1 March 2012 in Thai Theatre, New Academic Building.

    Adam Kuper, who has written widely on the history and theory of anthropology, introduces the work of Charles Seligman, founder of LSE Anthropology, pioneer of fieldwork techniques, and medical doctor who devised means of treating servicemen for shell-shock. He gives insights into Seligman’s journals and research notes housed in LSE Library, and provides commentary on Jonathan Miller’s documentary about the 1898 Torres Straits expedition: ‘Dr Miller and the Islanders’, which reveals the problematic racist overtones of the views of late 19th century anthropology. The documentary will be shown after Adam Kuper’s talk.

    Olivia Seligman, radio producer and member of the Seligman family, and students from LSE Anthropology will read extracts from Seligman’s journals and letters.

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  2. Individual identity and cultural relativism; an interview with Henrietta Moore (by Maria Arbiter)

    “New kinds of technological interfaces will have in the future, an impact on our understanding of what is an individual self. So much of what we already can do with technology takes place outside the individual body… As synthetic biology moves ahead there will be other things which will be there in the world which are derivatives of us but are not within the boundary of the human body. So what it is to be biologically human is moving out into the world in ways we could not have foreseen generations before. Some people argue that it is at this moment in history when this is changing faster than ever before…”

    Henrietta L. Moore is the William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Culture and Globalisation Programme at LSE’s Centre for the Study of Global Governance. Previously she was LSE Deputy Director for research and external relations and served as the Director of the Gender Institute at the LSE from 1994-1999. She has held numerous Visiting Appointments in the United States, Germany, Norway, South Africa, among other places.

    Here she discusses her views on how anthropologists can best understand different cultures. What are the potential benefits and limitations of cultural relativism? How can psychoanalytic approaches enhance and enrich understanding? What is the impact of culture and technology on individual identity? Finally, how does she interpret the current moment of cultural change? Are apocalyptic narratives of ‘mcdonaldisation’, ‘starbucksisation’ and homogenization justified?

    URL: http://www.counterpoint-online.org/henrietta-moore-talks-to-counterpoint/

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  3. Malinowski Lecture: Rane Willerslev, “Frazer Strikes Back From The Armchair”

    This event was recorded on 13 May 2010 in Old Theatre, Old Building The question which runs throughout this talk can be stated in stark form: is it a mistake to take our interest in an ethnographic phenomenon in the direction of an empirical investigation, when what is really needed with respect to its clarity is an imaginative contemplation of it? It is my overall argument that this is indeed the case and that the Malinowskian recourse to empirical evidence as the ultimate criterion for anthropological knowledge is misguided. Some phenomena dealt with by anthropologists are beyond empirical experience. As examples, I take two classical topics - the ‘soul’ and ‘ritual blood sacrifice’. I will show how both are essentially metaphysical issues, not empirical ones. Understanding them, therefore, is not a question of advancement in the actual material practice of fieldwork, but of the power of the scholar’s speculative imagination. This finds an echo in Frazer, the last survivor of the old ‘armchair school’. His style of anthropology was marked by a deliberate speculative interrogation of ethnography - a process whereby abstract thinking gives force and meaning to ethnographic observations.

    Event listing: http://goo.gl/hUNpA

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  4. Revisiting Marx: is Marxism still relevant?

    Speakers: Professor Lord Meghnad Desai; Professor David Harvey; Professor Leo Panitch Chair: Professor David Held

    This event was recorded on 18 November 2008 in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building This event brings together leading social and political thinkers to debate the contemporary meaning and relevance of Marx’s legacy on the occasion of the republication of The Communist Manifesto, with an introduction by David Harvey. Meghnad Desai is emeritus professor of economics at LSE. David Harvey is professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Leo Panitch is professor of political science at York University, Ontario.

    Event posting: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEPublicLecturesAndEvents/events/2008/20080821t1207z001.htm

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  5. The Tycoon and the Tough: towards a comparative anthropology of urban marginality

    Speaker: Dr Joshua Barker Chair: Professor Chris Fuller

    This event was recorded on 7 May 2009 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

    Anthropologists often use key figures, such as the street tough, the child witch, and the flâneur, as a means to elucidate, personify, and critique underlying dynamics of social and cultural transformation. It is a method that is widely used, but seldom scrutinised. In this lecture Joshua Barker uses examples from his research in the slums of Bandung, Indonesia, to argue that this method can make a powerful contribution to a comparative anthropology of urban marginality.

    Event Posting: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEPublicLecturesAndEvents/events/2009/20090311t1852z001.htm

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  6. Why Civilisations Can’t Climb Hills: a political history of statelessness in Southeast Asia

    Speaker: Professor James Scott Chair: Professor Jude Howell

    This event was recorded on 22 May 2008 in the New Theatre, East Building

    Professor Scott argues that the hill peoples of mainland Southeast Asia are fugitive, runaway populations, practising ‘escape agriculture’, ‘escape social structure’ and ‘escape culture’. Jim Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology at Yale University.

    From http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/podcasts/publicLecturesAndEvents.htm

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  7. How did HIV/AIDS affect rural communities in Africa? The answer to the question

    This event was recorded on 14 May 2009 in New Theatre, East Building

    Speakers: Professor Stefan Dercon; Dr Janet Seeley Chair: Professor Tony Barnett

    The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is almost 30 years old yet a number of the worst-case scenarios on the impact of AIDS in Africa have not come to pass. What did happen? The speakers give their answers using data from recent research in Tanzania and Uganda. Stefan Dercon is a quantitative economist, University of Oxford. Janet Seeley is an anthropologist at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia.

    From http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/podcasts/publicLecturesAndEvents.htm

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