SEMINAR – HYBRID EVENT: An Anthropologist as Writer: Experiments in Crafting and Communicating Knowledge

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: SCAS Linnéanum, Thunbergssalen, Thunbergsvägen 2, Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Alisse Waterston, Non-resident Long-term Fellow for Programmes in Transnational Processes, Structural Violence, and Inequality, SCAS. Presidential Scholar and Professor of Anthropology, the City University of New York
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Klas Holm
  • Seminarium

Alisse Waterston, SCAS and the City University of New York, gives a seminar on "An Anthropologist as Writer: Experiments in Crafting and Communicating Knowledge". The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.


A growing number of scholars have been participating in a series of interconnected debates centered on failures to decolonize the disciplines, venture beyond the confines of the ivory tower to engage with the world, and how to put knowledge to public use in the interest of a more just world. These conversations have helped generate recognition of what Gina Ulysse describes as the dangers of the split, such as the schism between the scholar and the responsible global citizen and between the artistic and the scholarly in representing what we have come to learn. I count myself among the ever-growing ranks of anthropologists experimenting with genres beyond conventional academic writing forms and whose hunger never seems to be satisfied for conversation about the often frustrating, rarely celebrated process of communicating what we have come to know and understand. In this talk, I describe my experiments in multimodal anthropology with intimate ethnography and the graphic novel as well as new endeavors in writing fiction. In this presentation, I will discuss aspects in the process of knowledge production and communication that include the art and the craft, the whys and wherefores, the conceptions and creations, the uses of new tools and technologies, the effort to “write otherwise” (Hannerz 2016), and matters of audience, reception, and a work’s afterlife. Underneath these efforts are various questions for discussion that may include: What is gained and what is lost in crafting works designed to stimulate, disturb and/or inspire? How to effect change in scholarly disciplines and their institutions to support experimental formats and efforts to communicate otherwise?

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