Caribbeanist Anthropology and Minerva's Owl: Lessons Forgotten, Lessons Learned

Vortrag im Rahmen des Anthrolabs


11. Juli 2019 18:15 – 11. Juli 2019 19:15

Hör-/Lehrsaal 109 (+1/1090) in der Deutschhausstrasse 3

Rather than survey the state of the art in contemporary Caribbeanist anthropology, this talk presents a sketch of what a critical genealogy of the anthropology of the region might involve. After looking at the origins of anthropological interest in the region, I will focus on two case studies that, for better or worse, may be said to still have diagnostic value for key epistemological orientations in Caribbeanist anthropology. I do so by examining M.G. Smith’s Plural Society model and Julian Stewart’s Puerto Rico Project in their historic Cold War contexts so as to point out why these truly path-breaking endeavors resulted in a lasting vision of Caribbeanness that we may well want to rethink.


Prof. Dr. Stephan Palmié, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago


Philipps-Universität Marburg
Institut für Vergleichende Kulturforschung - Kultur- u. Sozialanthropologie
und Religionswissenschaft
Fachgebiet Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie