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Senior Research Seminar: Dr Rupert Stasch

When May 29, 2015
from 04:15 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Seminar Room, Social Anthropology
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Dr Rupert Stasch (University of Cambridge)

Dramas of Knowledge and Presupposition in New Guinea “First Contact” Tourism

A classic concern of the social sciences is the oblique or limited character of people’s consciousness of many of the organizing categories and norms of our own lives, together with the complexity of processes by which new forms of consciousness of our conditions of life are sustained or deferred. This talk’s ethnographic topic is meetings between international tourists and Korowai of Papua, which participants on both sides overtly frame as encounters with radical otherness. I suggest that the entailed heart of this framing is possibilities of heightened engagement with the cultural, historical character of one’s own being. I explore ways the problematic of otherness between visitor and visited intersects with the problematic of reflexivity and tacitness in the orders of people’s own lives.

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