IMAGINING CULTURE(S), RETHINKING DISCIPLINES:
A Conference on Anthropology & the Humanities
April 1-2, 2011
The College of Arts & Sciences Center for the Humanities
University of Miami
Keynote: Dipesh Chakrabarty
Featured speakers: Erna Brodber, Shail Mayaram, Achille Mbembe, & Mabel Moraña
The concept of culture has become a vexed issue for the social science disciplines and the humanities. The literary turn in anthropology has focused attention on the conventions and politics of ethnographic representations, even as novelists and historians have been exploring ethnographic approaches in their writings, and claimed a share in the production of knowledge about peoples. Moreover, culture has been conceptualized in different ways across diverse disciplines and in different social-political contexts. In an age of globalization, non-Western and non-academic concepts of culture challenge the Eurocentrism of the traditional human sciences. This conference encourages examination of the ways that an international perspective on the idea of culture unsettles the borders and status of disciplinary formations.
We invite participants to focus on the convergence of literature, history, and anthropology in new forms of discourse not constrained by familiar disciplinary conventions, and to question the adequacy of the disciplines and the knowledge they produce.