18 October 2019 Start
18 October 2019 End
6:00-8:00 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm) Time
USA CHS, 3100 Whitehaven Street, NW Washington, DC 20008


Anthropological Writing as Activism

Friday, October 18, 2019

Anthropological Writing as Activism

Featuring Michael Herzfeld and Manuela Pellegrino

Can anthropological writing endorse political activism? What is the social impact of anthropological research? How can anthropological writing reveal issues of power and promote empowerment?

Michael Herzfeld and Manuela Pellegrino will discuss their recent fieldwork in Greece and Italy, and reflect on the challenges of anthropological writing as activism. Participant observation remains the cornerstone of anthropology, while ethnographers practice “observant participation,” engaging actively with the very topics they intend to investigate. Herzfeld and Pellegrino will consider longstanding concerns about the objectivity of anthropological studies, and ethical questions about “giving voice,” advocacy, and the need to recognize the inherent ideological dimension of anthropological work.

Learn more about the presenters on our website.

The event will be live-streamed. Please check the CHS website for viewing instructions the day of the event.