Thursday, April 8, 2021
Title: The White Reconstruction of Anthropology
Abstract: This talk builds upon the provocations of ethnic studies scholar Dylan Rodriguez in his recent book White Reconstruction to think through how the discipline of anthropology can engage in an anthropology of white supremacy, not only as a research agenda but an assessment of its norms, practices, and values. To demonstrate this, I turn to the classic conversation between James Baldwin and Margaret Mead recorded in A Rap on Race to conceptualize the relationship of white supremacy to racism and the problem of racial liberalism in anthropology.
Associate Professor, Department of Asian American Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC