Ten Years After: The Legacy of Eric R. Wolf
The AAA thanks Nicholas Daly (Temple) for volunteering his time to record this session. Thanks also go to Gustavo Lins Ribeiro (Universidade de Brasília) and Sydel Silverman (CUNY/Wenner-Gren) for organizing such an engaging panel.
Please note that the audio is a little low on several recordings. You may also want to pause the video to build up enough buffer space for uninterrupted playback.
Sidney Mintz (Johns Hopkins), “Imperfect Markets and Level Playing Fields”
Joan Vincent (Barnard; Columbia), “Nuancing the Peasantry”
John Gledhill (Univ. Manchester), “Eric Wolf and the Anthropology of Crisis”
Noboru Ishikawa (Kyoto Univ.), “Equatorial Blessings or Woes? The Regime Shift of a Biomass Society in Southeast Asia
Jane Schneider (Graduate Center, CUNY), “America’s Guns: Questions Inspired by Frank Secoy, via Eric Wolf”
Andre Gingrich (Univ. Vienna, Austria), “Transnational Anthropology and Eric Wolf’s Legacy”
Gustavo Lins Ribeiro (Univ. de Brasília), “Economic Globalization from Below and the Non-Hegemonic World System”
Harald Prins (Kansas State), “Beyond Wolf: Structural Power in the Globalscape”
Josiah Heyman (Univ. Texas – El Paso), “Activism in Anthropology: Exploring the Present through Eric R. Wolf’s Vietnam-Era Work”
Sydel Silverman (CUNY/Wenner-Gren), Discussant
The work of Eric R. Wolf has influenced generations of anthropologists worldwide. The end of anthropology for Wolf was to make sense of human life and to contribute to an understanding of the power mechanisms that shaped the world. History and political economy were two major sources of inspiration and became a distinctive sign of Wolf’s approach to cultural, political, economic and social life. This panel aims at showing the standing pertinence of Eric Wolf’s work ten years after his death in 1999. Anthropologists from different countries will situate Wolf’s thought and discuss how it has influenced their ways of doing research and viewing the ends of the discipline. Participants will also consider the relevance of his approach to (1) an era of regional wars, global financial crisis, and environmental instability; (2) an intellectual era where the discussion of power is pervasive; (3) and to activist anthropology.
Other 2010 annual meeting recordings:
- Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Un-Human Subjects and the End of Anthropology
- War and Counter-Counterinsurgency: Demilitarizing Anthropology and U.S. Society
Due to space limitations on our blog, these videos will only be online for a limited time.