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Vision and Method in Anthropology: Forty Years of Eric Wolf’s ‘Europe and the People Without History’
23 September 2022 - 24 September 2022
Organizers: Don Kalb (University of Bergen) and Susana Narotzky (University of Barcelona).
This workshop will inquire into anthropological vision and method forty years after “Europe and the People Without History”.
It is forty years ago that Eric Wolf published his pathbreaking “Europe and the People Without History” (1982). The book gave an anthropological account of 500 years of European capitalist imperialism, seen from the peripheries. It was a book that in retrospect prepared the discipline brilliantly for the accelerating capitalist globalization that would mark the next fifty years.
This is an opportunity for anthropologists interested in a re-vitalized and updated Wolfian anthropology to get together and discourse about Wolf’s work. The workshop is sponsored by Don Kalb’s ‘Frontlines of Value’ research program at the department of social anthropology at the University of Bergen.
Participants and titles:
Natalia Buier (University of Barcelona): Old questions for present predicaments: modes of production and the transition debate in Europe and the People Without History
Jaume Franquesa (University at Buffalo – SUNY): Eric Wolf and the question of nature
Chris Hann (Max Planck Institute, Halle, and Cambridge University): Marxism and Eurocentrism
Don Kalb (University of Bergen): Anthropology and Big History: Three Models
Sharryn Kasmir (Hofstra University, New York): The New Laborers: Revisiting Wolf’s Last Chapter 40 Years Hence
Jeff Maskovsky (City University, New York): The United States and the People Without History
Oana Mateescu (University of Bergen and Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca): On the new plantations: European divisions of labor and knowledge
Patrícia Alves de Matos( University of Lisbon): Eric Wolf’s Marxian approach to the labour process and the goal of explanation in anthropology: humans disguised as robots in call centre labour
Susana Narotzky (University of Barcelona): People Without History: The Value of Worthlessness to Capitalism
Patrick Neveling (University of Bournemouth): Unfortunately, there are no histories of people without Europe: On the denial of imperialism in anthropology’s neoliberal encounter
Antonio Maria Pusceddu (University of Lisbon): Connections and contradictions: Some thoughts on Eric Wolf’s political ecology
Jeremy Rainer (Max Planck Institute, Halle, Germany): Making, Taking, and Relating: Modes of production in a polycentric world
Luisa Steur (University of Amsterdam): Wolf’s Marxian analysis “out of the closet”
Ariel Wilkis (National University of San Martin, Argentina): “People without currency”: The popularization of the US dollar in Argentina from 1930 until the first decades of the XXI century
Stephen Campbell, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Lesley Gill, VanderBilt University
Marc Morell, University of Bergen
Jorge Nunez, Kaleidos – Center for Interdisciplinary Ethnography, University of Cuenca
Maka Suarez, University of Oslo
Nindish Sundar, University of Amsterdam
Ida Susser, City University of New York.
Sarah Winkler-Reid, Newcastle University.