SCHOLAR FOR A DAY
2007 Scholar: PROF. RICHARD WERBNER
University of Manchester
23 March 2007, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Penn Humanities Forum
"Historicizing Intersubjectivity: Biography and Ethnography"
9:30 – 9:50 AM
Registration and Refreshments
9:50 – 10:00 AM
10:00 – 12:00 PM: Panel 1
10:00-10:30: Prologue: Film Screening: Richard Werbner as the Interviewed Ethnographer (24 min. on Zimbabwe Television)
10:30-12:00: Discussion: 'Recovering Postcolonial Memories: From Social Biography to State Memorialism'
Moderator: Dr. Lydie Moudileno, African Studies Center
Jennifer Kyker, Music
Kristin Doughty, Anthropology
Sarah van Beurden, History
12:00 – 1:00 PM
1:00 – 3:00 PM Panel 2
1:00-2:00: Prologue: Film Screening: Shade Seekers and the Mixer Produced and directed by Richard Werbner
2:00-3:00: Discussion: 'Film and Text: Personal Knowledge, Moral Imagination, and the Occult'
Moderator: Dr. Carol Muller, Music
Students & PostDoc:
Crystal Biruk, Anthropology
Garry Bertholf, Music
Dr. Tonya N. Taylor, Postdoctoral Fellow, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies
3:00 – 3:15 PM:
3:15 – 4:30 PM
Dr. Werbner's talk:"Old Image, New Reflections: Well-Being, Caring, Dignity and the Occult"
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Richard Werbner was educated at Brandeis University (BA, 1959) and the University of Manchester (PhD, 1968). He carried out his first fieldwork among Winnebago of Nebraska in 1958, and began his long-term fieldwork in southern Africa in 1960, among Kalanga, first in Zimbabwe and later in Botswana, and among Tswapong in Botswana. Richard Werbner is Professor Emeritus in African Anthropology, Honorary Research Professor in Visual Anthropology, and Director of the International Centre for Contemporary Cultural Research. He has was the Founder and Convener of the Satterthwaite Colloquium on Religion and Ritual from 1985, he was Chair of the Co-ordinating Council of Area Studies Associations from 1996-2001.
His most recent research, documented in his latest book, Reasonable Radicals and Citizenship in Botswana: The Public Anthropology of Kalanga Elites (2004), has extended across town and country in Botswana. His current project is a study of séances, counselling and subjectivities in Botswana's time of AIDS, of which two products are his films, Seance Reflections with Richard Werbner (2004), and Shade Seekers and The Mixer (2006. His other books include Regional Cults (ed., 1977), Land Reform in the Making: Tradition, Public Policy and Ideology in Botswana (ed., 1981) Ritual Passage, Sacred Journey (1989), Postcolonial Identities in Africa (ed., 1996), Memory and the Postcolony (ed., 1998), Postcolonial Subjectivities in Africa (ed., 2002), and Tears of the Dead: The Social Biography of an African Family (1991) for which he won the Amaury Talbot Prize of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
For inquiries please contact:
Dr.Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D, firstname.lastname@example.org
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