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18:30 - 19:30 28 January 2014

Inaugural lecture: For an Anthropology of History


Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

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

Speaker information

Professor Charles Stewart, UCL Anthropology, After a BA in Classics, field research in Greece, and a PhD in Anthropology, Charles Stewart taught Modern Greek, Anthropology, and History at universities on both sides of the Atlantic. He came to UCL as a joint appointment in the Departments of History and Anthropology. His areas of research include the ethnography of Greece, cultural mixture (syncretism and creolization), and psychological anthropology. His recent book Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece (2012) presents an anthropological study of historicizing practices on the island of Naxos.

We have had history and anthropology, historical anthropology and the history of anthropology, but as yet there has been no concerted anthropology of history. What is needed are ethnographic studies of how the past is known, understood and represented in world societies past and present. This does not amount solely to the appreciation of “others” delegitimized by Western academic historiography. We also need a reverse anthropology where historicism itself along with other Western practices of relating to the past, such as battlefield reenactments, are opened to ethnographic study. This presentation will ask whether heightened recognition of alternative regimes of historical practice might alter the Western understanding of history.


Tessa Rickards
+44 (0)20 7679 1346 | t.rickards@ucl.ac.uk


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