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Annual Symposium: (Re)presenting Stories drom the Field and the Archive

Friday, April 22, 2016
12:00 AM
1014 Tisch Hall

Stories have the power to disrupt, shift and provoke. Stories compel.

Stories--and the ways both scholars and our interlocutors tell them--are essential to anthropologists and historians. They are among the data we work with, seemingly raw products of field and archival work. Even so, telling them involves not only filters, manipulations, and fragmentations but also virtuosic formal skills and collective efforts.  How, why, to whom we tell stories, our own and others', before, during, and after time in the field/archive, can even affect the "raw" data that we collect there. This is because telling or re-presenting stories affect audiences--and their further retellings--in varied, unpredictable ways.

The 2016 Anthropology and History Symposium will explore stories from our field and archival work and multiple ways to (re)present them. In an effort to critically engage with narratives of anthro-historical work, we invite scholars to present their stories from the field/archive in what they might usually consider an unaltered, raw format. The stories can take a variety of forms and call upon numerous kinds of representations.