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John Hartigan, Director SAC 4.102, 2201 Speedway Stop C3900, Austin TX 78712 • 512-471-4206

Professor John Hartigan to host Open House for Americo Paredes program in Folklore and Public Culture

Tue, October 27, 2009 • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM • EPS 1.128

Chair of the Americo Paredes Folklore and Public Cultures Center is scheduled to host an “open house” of the program on Tuesday, October 27, from 12:30-2pm.  John Hartigan views this get-together for invited guests as an opportunity to characterize some of the Center's projects and the shared forms of scholarship that link them. Over the past few years the Center has steadily engaged in an ongoing effort to identify common forms of inquiry as scholars doing interstitial work in academia. Professor Hartigan hopes This “open house,” will encourage a wider participation in that discussion.

At root, the Center shares a common interest in emergent objects and publics, with an overarching attention to cultural form. To varying degrees, those in the Center commonly deploy or experiment with a shifting set of analytics and methods. In the past, the Center for Public Cultures strove to encapsulate these commonalities in a set of key terms—e.g. aesthetics, affect, performance, discourse, visual cultures, etc.—that could convey to others and to itself what it is they do. But this list is an ongoing “works in progress,” with some terms losing relevance and with new ways of articulating its interests starting to surface. One purpose of the open-house is to settle on 3-4 suggestive concepts that would serve as touchstones for a series of subsequent discussions throughout the academic year. An aim for these discussions is to arrive at a better estimation of how a variety of forms of interdisciplinary work can thrive in the intellectual and institutional contexts of anthropology.

 


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