Cultural Borders, 1993

1993, Washington DC

Cultural Borders

May 14-16

The SCA is holding its annual meeting entitled "Cultural Borders" at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, May 14-16, 1993. The meeting will assemble speakers, discussants and workshop leaders whose ethnographic work moves away from unified representations of culture and toward more "multiply-inflected cultural objects." Such complex cultural objects are appearing under a variety of rubrics: regional and global cities; transnational communities, minorities and practices; diaspora and borderland studies; subcultures; hybridization and intercultural studies. "Cultural Borders" will track some of the ways ethnographic work is shifting in order to produce more situated cultural knowledge. 


Friday Morning

Plenary Session I

Faye Ginsburg (NYU) "Mediating Culture: Aboriginal Media and the Australian Imaginary."

Discussant: Arjun Appadurai (U Chicago).

David Edwards (Williams College) "Afghanistan, Ethnography and the New World Order."

Discussant: Margaret Mills (U Pennsylvania).

James Clifford (UCSC) "Diasporas." 

Discussant: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (NYU) 

Friday Afternoon

Workshop I

Crossing Borders: Diasporas and Transnationalisms.

Coordinators: Roger Rouse (U Michigan) and Khachig Toloyan (Weslyan U).

Recommended reading: Arjun Appadurai, "Global Ethnospaces: Notes and Queries for a Transnational Anthropology," in Richard Fox, ed, Recapturing Anthropology. Frontiers of Sexualization.

Organizer: Mary Steedley (Harvard). 

Friday 5:30pm

Open Bar Reception 

Saturday Morning

Plenary II

Emily Martin (Johns Hopkins) "Cultural Hybrids: Ethnography of 'Natural Selection' in the 1990s."

Discussant: David Hess (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). 

Anna Tsing (UCSC) "From the Margins."

Discussant: Vincent Rafael (UCSD).

Renato Rosaldo (Stanford) "Borderlands of Race and Inequality."

Discussant: Rayna Rapp (New School for Social Research). 

Saturday Afternoon

Workshop II 

Nationalization of Engendered Races and Racialized Genders. Coordinators: Brackette Williams (U Arizona), Michael Blakey (Howard U), Michel-Rolph Trouillot (Johns Hopkins). Recommended reading: Etienne Balibar and Immanuel Wallerstein, Race, Nation, & Class: Ambiguous Identities, pp 29-68,107-112,204-217.

Agency in Scallops, Machines and Other Things. Coordinators: Gary Downey (Virginia Tech) and Michel Gallon (Institute for Advanced Study). Recommended reading: Gallon, "Some Elements of a Sociology of Translation: Domestication of Scallops and the Fishermen of St Brieuc Bay,"in J Law, ed, Power, Action and Belief: A New Sociology of Knowledge

Saturday 5:30pm

Keynote Address

Amitav Ghosh (U Virginia): "The Global Reservation: The Political Future of Cultural Difference." 

Sunday Morning

General Discussant: George Marcus (Rice University)