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Anthro-History Symposium

2018 Symposium

The Past and Futures of Anthropology and History
A panel commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Doctoral Progam in Anthropology and History

October 12, 12pm

 As part of a semester-long celebration of the 30th year of the IDPAH, this panel brings together faculty, alumni, and current students to reflect on the purchase and promise of our program, one of the first in the country to institutionalize interdisciplinary dialogues and methods, and one of the few to sustain a conjoined program of advanced research and study in the fields of Anthropology and History.

At a time when established regimes of authority, knowledge, and expression are being called into question by groups spanning the political spectrum, a conversation that focuses on AnthroHistory as an institutional, as much as intellectual, project seems both opportune and imperative. Speakers will be asked to put their research and experience with the AnthroHistory program in conversation with larger debates about disciplinarity, the university, privilege and power in academia, and the place of specialized knowledge in the public sphere. We hope the outcome will be a lively discussion that recognizes past achievements of the program while articulating a vision for where AnthroHistory might go, given the pressing demands for engagement with a world beset by new and entrenched forms of exclusion and injustice.


Jamie Anderson, U-M Anthropology & History

Luciana Aenasoaie, U-M Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Natalie Rothman, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Reuben Riggs-Bookman, U-M Anthropology & History (chair)