Four Stories, A Lament, and an Affirmation

Alisse Waterston’s Presidential Lecture at the 116th AAA Annual Meeting

No doubt these are dark times. What of us, as anthropologists, in these times? How will we pass the time that is given us? I take the opportunity of this talk to reflect on this moment of being in anthropology. Referring back to and in dialogue with Hannah Arendt and Bertolt Brecht, I consider some meanings of being introspective, of thinking in dark times, of the trivial, and of envisioning an alternative world, as these relate to anthropology. Comprising the four stories of the title, this reflection embraces deep feelings and the great promise of the discipline.

 

Saturday, December 2
6:15-7:30 p.m.

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Cite as: Waterston, Alisse. 2017. “Four Stories, A Lament, and an Affirmation.” Anthropology News website, November 6, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.678

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