RDP Reflects on: “The Case for Letting Anthropology Burn: Race, Racism and its Reckoning in American Anthropology”                                                                                                                    November 2, 2020, 2:30 PM

Inspired by recent writings and events in anthropology, this panel discussion will be a virtual conversation about the relevance of anthropology for engaging today’s questions of race and racism. The discussion will be initiated by four RDP respondents: Maya Berry (Asst Professor, Dept of African, African American and Diaspora Studies), Ampson Hagan (Graduate Student, Dept of Anthropology), Anusha Hariharan (Graduate Student, Dept of Anthropology), and Donald Nonini (Professor, Dept of Anthropology). Attendees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with a recent webinar, interview, and American Anthropologist article, which have inspired this event and its title.

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From Boas to Black Power: Racism, Liberalism and American Anthropology                            Mark Anderson (UC-Santa Cruz)
October 23, 2020, 12 PM

Drawing on the book From Boas to Black Power: Racism, Liberalism, and American Anthropology, this talk explores the tensions and contradictions of the anti-racist liberalism promoted by Franz Boas and his students in the first half of the 20th century and critiqued by anthropologists radicalized by the Black Power and Black Studies movements of the late 60s and early 1970s. The first half of the talk examines paradoxes within the anti-racist thought of Franz Boas and Ruth Benedict, who tacitly reinscribed the normalized whiteness of a U.S. society they sought to reform along racially egalitarian lines. The second half explores the programmatic critiques of anthropology, and its whiteness, produced by William Willis, Diane Lewis, and Charles Valentine. Their works emerged out of a larger struggle led by anthropologists of color who, politically and intellectually inspired by the Black Studies movement, initiated an early, collective effort to decolonize the discipline.

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Co-sponspored by Critical Ethnic Studies and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Past Events

SAS Brown Bag with Dr. Joseph Feldman
February 20, 2020

Joseph Feldman is assistant professor of anthropology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a research affiliate at the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research (CIIR). He recently completed a book manuscript on the memorialization of recent political violence in Peru and is currently developing a project on populist discourse in Peru and Chile. His work has been published in Anthropological Quarterly, History and Anthropology, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

Create, Propose, Rehearse: A Preview of AAA Presentations
November 11, 2019

Featuring Anthropology PhD Students:

Dayuma Alban “Ecuadorian Amazon Indigenous Women: Organization and Mobilization in a Context of Oil Extraction.”
Molly Green “Teconologías, Tierra, Vida y Amor: Using Climate Smart Agriculture to Cultivate Food Sovereign Future in Cauca, Colombia.”
Eric Thomas “The Power of a Comuna: Territory and the Emergent Politics of Distribution Along Chile’s Aquaculture Frontier.”
Julio Villa-Palomino “Hipster Andeanness.”

RDP and GCPR Conversation with Lynn Stephen: Witnessing, Collaboration, and Participatory Research Methodologies
October 14, 2019

Featuring Lynn Stephen, Philip H. Knight Chair, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, and a participating faculty member in Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. Her scholarly work centers on the impact of globalization, migration, nationalism and the politics of culture on indigenous communities in the Americas.

When Mines are like Women and Men are like Mercury: Riddling Human-Environment Relations
September 23, 2019

Featuring Ruth Goldstein – Assistant Professor, Global and International Studies, UC Irvine. Dr. Goldstein specializes in environmental, medical and feminist anthropology. Her current book project, Life in Traffic: Women, Plants and Gold along the Interoceanic Highway, examines the socio-environmental consequences of transnational infrastructure projects and climate change in Latin America’s recently constructed thoroughfare, La Interoceánica, with a focus on intersections of race, indigeneity, cis and trans women’s health and “earth” rights. Her other project examines and contests the racialized violence propagated by elemental mercury, a major toxic substance used in artisanal gold-mining.

Access Denied: Navigating U.S. Immigration and Healthcare Policy
April 2, 2019

Featuring Dr. Milena Melo, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology with a specialty in Medical Anthropology at Mississippi State University, Nnedinma Umeadi of the Chika Solidarity Committee, and Dr. Marco Aleman, Professor of Medicine at UNC.




The Role of Black Feminist Theory in Critiquing Scientific Practices and Concepts of Race
February 04, 2019

Dr. Rachel Watkins (Anthropology, American University)
The Role of Black Feminist Theory in Critiquing Scientific Practices and Concepts of Race

Toy Lounge, Dey Hall 4th floor



Toward a Fugitive Anthropology
A Workshop Featuring Dr. Maya Berry
October 24, 2019

Graduate students and faculty affiliated with Anthropology; African, African American, & Diaspora Studies; Women’s and Gender Studies; and the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research are invited to participate in an intimate research workshop on race, gender, and violence in the field. Drawing upon Dr. Berry’s co-authored 2017 article of the same name, in this conversation participants will examine how our gendered racial positionalities inflect the research process and consider how we can push activist methods to be accountable to the embodied aspects of conducting research.

Migration and Race: A Roundtable Discussion
January 29, 2018



An interdisciplinary group of scholars discusses the role of race in U.S. migration policy.




Fifth Annual Global Africana Conference
April 6-7, 2017



Black Feminist Futures: Re-Envisioning Gender and Sexuality in Global Black Communities





Race, Difference, and Power: A Conversation with Anthropologist Faye V. Harrison
April 6, 2017

Professor Faye V. Harrison is Professor of African American Studies & Anthropology, as well as a Faculty Affiliate with Women & Gender in Global Perspectives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also President of the International Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences (IUAES, 2013-2018). She is the author of Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology in the Global Age (U Illinois Press, 2008) and editor of Decolonizing Anthropology: Moving Further toward an Anthropology for Liberation (AAA 1991), and numerous articles and book chapters.

RDP Panel on Race
March 6, 2017

Anthropology graduate students Ampson Hagan, Anusha Hariharan, and Isaura Godinez teamed up with Dr. Karla Slocum and Dr. Charles Price to discuss their work on race, caste, ethnicity, identity, gender, place, being, migration, chronic disease, and history.



Race Becomes Tomorrow: North Carolina and the Shadow of Civil Rights
March 2, 2017

A roundtable discussion with Dr. Gerald Sider who will discuss his research on racial identity and social justice in North Carolina.



Women’s Land Rights, Rural Social Movements and the State in the Twenty-First Century Latin American Agrarian Reforms
February 22, 2017

This lecture will address the disjuncture between Latin American women’s formal land rights and their attaining these in practice. Carmen Diana Deere will examine the four agrarian reform programs carried out by progressive governments after 2000 in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Immigration and Refugee Policy in Crisis: Reflections For a New President
February 18, 2017

Immigration and refugee policy has reached a global crisis. More people are compelled to cross borders than ever in our planet’s history. Meanwhile, the role of nations and states in providing for economic and political refugees is increasingly uncertain.  Join us for a day of roundtable dialogue with researchers, community practitioners, and policymakers working on key topics of immigration policy reform and refugee resettlement and services. With opportunities for discussion among leading experts and breakout policy discussions that engage all audience participants, the event will explore what’s at stake in this time of transition as well as opportunities for setting new research and policymaking agendas.

The Secret of the Black Box: Police Torture and the Craft of Ethnographic Lettering
September 7, 2016

A talk by Professor Laurence Ralph