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Lecturers Symposium 2003

Comaroff, Jean

Is a Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences, Chicago University. She has conduced fieldwork in southern Africa and Great Britain and is interested in colonialism, modernity, ritual, power, and consciousness and is internationally renown for her insights in post-modern anthropology. Her current research concerns problems of public order, state sovereignty and policing in postcolonial contexts, and the challenging relation of legitimacy to force. On the symposium she will pay attention to the reconsideration of methodological orientation and strategies in anthropological fieldwork.

 

Hastrup, Kirsten

Is professor of Anthropology at Copenhagen University. She has written philosophic reflections on social experience and anthropological knowledge and is familiar with a broad spectre of theories within our discipline. On the symposium she will pay attention to the way fieldwork defines anthropology as a unified field in relation to other disciplines.

 

Platenkamp, Jos

Is former student at the Department of Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology at Leiden University and currently holds the chair of Ethnology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany. His field research mainly took place in South West Asia, focussing on myth and ritual. On the symposium he will draw attention to the use of the structuralist method for the analysis of social change and the effects of globalisation, illustrated by examples from his field research in the People’s Democratic Republic Laos.

 

Palriwala, Rajni

Is Associate Professor Sociology at the Sociology Department of the University of Delhi, India.  She conducted fieldwork in the Netherlands and her “home” country India. By “reversing” anthropology she wants to deconstruct the traditional image of a western anthropologist conducting fieldwork in a non-western country and emphasise the necessity of an intercultural dialogue between anthropologists. At the symposium she will elaborate on the aspects of learning in the process of fieldwork and the responsibility of writing from a vantage point of studying another society and culture.

 

Trouwborst, Albert

Is emeritus Chair Social Anthropology of Nijmegen University, the Netherlands. He was a WDO member in the 1950s and conducted field research in East Africa and the Pacific. On the symposium he will give a personal account on the changes in fieldwork experiences from the start of his career in the 1950’s until now.

 

Van den Breemer, Hans

Is lecturer Development and Environmental Studies at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology Leiden University. His fieldwork career has mainly focussed agricultural innovations in Ivory Coast and Senegal. The past 18 Years he is responsible for the student fieldwork program in West Africa of the department. His lecture will focus on impact of processes of globalisation on fieldwork by using the fieldwork program of the department as a case study.

 

Discussants

Geschiere, Peter

Former Chair Sub Sahara Africa Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. On the symposium he will act as discussant of the lecture of Jean Comaroff.

 

Hesseling, Gerti

Gerti Hesseling is the Director of the African Studies Centre. She is also a researcher in legal anthropology. On the symposium she will act as discussant of the lecture of Hans van den Breemer.

 

Luning, Sabine

Doctor Sabine Luning is lecturer at the department of Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology, Leiden University and educational officer of the research school CNWS Leiden. On the symposium she will act as discussant of the lecture of Jos Platenkamp


Pels, Peter

 

Is Chair Sub Sahara Africa Department of Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology, Leiden University and is advisory editor of “Social Anthropology”. On the symposium he will act as discussant of the lecture of Kirsten Hastrup

 

Spyer, Patricia

Professor Doctor Patricia Spyer is Chair Indonesia and Head of Department of Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology, Leiden University. She will lead the discussions during the symposium

 

Verrips, Jojada

Is Chair of Social and Cultural Anthropology of contemporary Europe University of Amsterdam. He has done fieldwork in a small Dutch village and has written on the dilemmas of doing fieldwork in the Netherlands. On the symposium he will act as a discussant of the lecture of Rajni Palriwala.