University of Brasilia prof to talk cosmopolitanism and world anthropologies

Gustavo Lins Ribeiro talk poster

Gustavo Lins Ribeiro posterUniversity of Brasilia anthropology Professor Gustavo Lins Ribeiro will discuss the world anthropologies project, its aims and whether it has fulfilled the hopes it has raised.

The talk, “Anthropological Cosmopolitanism and World Anthropologies”, will take place Friday, Feb. 28 at 3:30pm in the Senior Common Room, 305 Founders College, Keele campus. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend.

There are three different kinds of anthropological cosmopolitanisms and cosmopolitics – imperial, liberal and radical. A researcher Level 1A of Brazil’s CNPq, Lins Ribeiro will talk about how the world anthropologies (WA) project illustrates a radical cosmopolitics that aims at pluralizing the history of anthropology. He will also look at how it is propitiating the emergence of cosmopolitan anthropological practices that go beyond the Eurocentric discipline dominated by a few hegemonic centers in the North Atlantic.

The WA is different from other anthropological cosmopolitics in that it reflects the conditions created by the globalization era and its original leadership is neither European nor American, he says. So the question is: has the WA been able to fulfill the hopes it raised?

Lins Ribeiro has authored and edited 14 books, including World Anthropologies: Disciplinary Transformations within Systems of Power (with Arturo Escobar, 2006), and written more than 180 chapters and articles in six languages on topics such as development, environmentalism, international migration, cyber culture, globalization, transnationalism and world anthropologies.

The founder and first chair of the World Council of Anthropological Association (WCAA), he has been a visiting professor in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa and the United States. He serves or has served on more than 20 editorial boards of journals in Europe, the US and Latin America. He is currently the co-editor of WCAA’s online eglobal journal, Déjà Lu.

The talk is presented by the Department of Anthropology, Founders College, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and the Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean.