Anthropological Writing as Activism

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The Center for Hellenic Studies - House A

3100 Whitehaven Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20008

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a discussion with Michael Herzfeld and Manuela Pellegrino

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Can anthropological writing endorse political activism? What is the social impact of anthropological research? How can anthropological writing reveal issues of power and promote empowerment?

Michael Herzfeld and Manuela Pellegrino will discuss their recent fieldwork in Greece and Italy, and reflect on the challenges of anthropological writing as activism. Participant observation remains the cornerstone of anthropology, while ethnographers practice "observant participation," engaging actively with the very topics they intend to investigate. Herzfeld and Pellegrino will consider longstanding concerns about the objectivity of anthropological studies, and ethical questions about "giving voice," advocacy, and the need to recognize the inherent ideological dimension of anthropological work.

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The Center for Hellenic Studies - House A

3100 Whitehaven Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20008

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