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17:30 - 19:00 14 May 2018

Fruitful Fictions, Partial Truths: New Dilemmas in Caribbean Research


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Richard and Sally Price, Independent scholars, Anthropologists Richard and Sally Price have been conducting research in the Caribbean since 1962, and living in Martinique since 1987. Rich’s many books include First Time, Alabi’s World, Travels with Tooy, and Rainforest Warriors (about Suriname Maroons) and The Convict and the Colonel (about Martinique). Sally has written about the cultural politics of ethnographic art (Primitive Art in Civilized Places and Paris Primitive) and gender among Suriname Maroons (Co-Wives and Calabashes) and co-edited, with Sidney Mintz, Caribbean Contours. The Prices’ most recent co-authored book is Saamaka Dreaming (Duke University Press, 2017). For more, see www.richandsally.net

How are anthropologists to react as the peoples they study increasingly commoditize their ethnicity in response to globalization? As veteran ethnographers of two very different societies in the Caribbean – rural Martinique and Maroons from the interior of Suriname, both of which are implicated in partial globalization – we have come to feel an ethical and epistemological discomfort trying to reconcile the ‘partial truths’ of our ethnographic work with the new identitarian stances we see being adopted. This talk presents two cases of ‘fruitful fictions’ honed in response to the current situation – one involving art and the other human rights, one impacting livelihoods, the other potential ethnocide.


Oscar Martinez
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