Caribbean History and Anthropology in the Archives

A Symposium on the RISM Collections at NYU presented by the Caribbean Institute of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU.
December 1-2, 2011

Featuring Keynote Lecture by Sidney Mintz and three panel presentations from top scholars discussing “Mid-Century Anthropology in the Archives” in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad.

Thursday, December 1st, 2011, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Fales Library and Special Collection, 3rd floor, New York University
70 Washington Sq. S., New York, NY 10012

Welcome: Carol Mandel (Dean of the Division of Libraries, NYU)
Ada Ferrer (Director of CLACS, NYU)
Keynote Lecture: Sidney Mintz “The Other Side of ‘Primitive’” (Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University)

Sidney W. Mintz is Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Sidney Mintz has studied Caribbean rural life, social history, and the Afro-Caribbean tradition from the time of his first fieldwork in Puerto Rico (1948), through his presentation of the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard (2003). He has attempted throughout to wed the anthropological concept of culture to historical materialist scholarship. Sidney’s most recent books are Three Ancient Colonies: Caribbean Themes and Variations (2010), just published, and The World of Soy (2008), which he helped to edit.

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Friday, December 2nd, 2011, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Auditorium of King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South, New York University, New York, NY 10012

Mid-Century Anthropology in the Archives

9:30am – Coffee, breakfast and registration

10:00am – Panel 1: Cuba
Jorge Giovannetti (Sociology, University of Puerto Rico) on “UnWithering Manolo: Comparative Notes on Caribbean Rural Life and Post-War Anthropology”
Olivia Gomes da Cunha (Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro) on “Producing People and (Arti)Facts: Notes on Ethnographic Knowledge”
Ana del Carmen Vera Estrada (Instituto Juan Marinello, Havana) on “El trabajo de campo entre la historia y la sociología: un problema de método en la coyuntura del cambio azucarero cubano 2002-2004”
Chair: Ada Ferrer (CLACS, NYU)

12:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm – Panel 2: Puerto Rico
Antonio Lauria-Perricelli (Gallatin, NYU) on “Materialist Scholarship and ‘The People of Puerto Rico'”
Juan Giusti Cordero (History, University of Puerto Rico) on “Highland and Lowland in ‘The People of Puerto Rico’: Writing Space Back into Puerto Rican History Today”
Marie Cruz Soto (Gallatin, NYU); Imagining Puerto Rico on “Imagining Anthro-History: The Puerto Rico Project and its Legacies”
Chair: Arlene Dávila (Anthropology, NYU)

2:30pm – Coffee

2:45pm – Panel 3: Trinidad
Donald Robotham (Anthropology, CUNY) on “The Crisis of Post-plantation Youth in the English-speaking Caribbean”
Harvey Neptune (History, Temple University) on “The Age of the Nation: toward a youthful imagination of British West Indian Decolonization”
Chair: Aisha Khan (Anthropology, NYU)

4:15pm – Closing Remarks
Constance Sutton and Ada Ferrer (NYU)

Reception to follow.

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