A. Lecture: Ethnoexodus: Strategic Forgetfulnesses and Flashbacks
Wednesday, April 4 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: 3202 Knight Hall
Professor Castillo Cocom will discuss the production of knowledge on “the Maya” through different channels, such as popular media, the tourism industry and academic discourse. His presentation provides a critique on anthropological knowledge and discourses as these infiltrate the social imagination. It investigates the “Maya” individual’s constant production of, dislocation from, and re-location in temporary points of identity as practical strategies of “ethnoexodus.” The concept of ethnoexodus is a critique of the idea ethnogenesis as a way of understanding “Maya” identity, and identity formation in general, and how it relates to production of ethnos. Ethnoexodus, as a conceptual tool, focuses on how an individual/social actor can “exit” a temporal “point” of identity suture without having necessarily ever been “in” that particular construction of identity.
B. Conversation: A Conversation on Indigeneity, Anthropology and Social Belonging: With Juan Castillo Cocom and Elizabeth A. Povinelli
Thursday, April 5 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 2110 Taliaferro Hall
Professor Castillo Cocom will have a conversation with Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. Povinelli has elaborated a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Her first two books examine the governance of the otherwise in late liberal settler colonies from the perspective of the politics of recognition. Her last two books examined the same from the perspective of intimacy, embodiment, and narrative form. Her ethnographic analysis is animated by a critical engagement with the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory.
C. Workshop: Ethnoexodus: Maya Yucatec Topographic Ruptures
Friday, April 6 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, April 7 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM with a working lunch
Location: 2120 Francis Scott Key Hall
The primary goal of Professor Cocom’s workshop is to think through the conceptual framework that gives rise to ethnoexodus. This will be accomplished by way of considering, in the first part of the course, the case study of Maya Topographic Ruptures. The goal will be to explore how and why the identity politics of being Indian/Indígena and Maya in Yucatan differ from the politics of Indigeneity in Chiapas, and other parts of México, Guatemala, and the Americas.
Juan Castillo Cocom
Associate Professor and chair of the teaching faculty at the Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo. He is the author of various articles on identity and, specifically, Maya identity politics. He has taught at Florida International University, where he also completed both his graduate work. In 2003, he was the Yucatán academic seminar leader for the Fulbright Hays Summer Seminar on Indigenous Cultures and Environmental Issues in México and Costa Rica. Professor Cocom has also held prestigious appointments with the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV), the Universidad de la Habana, Cuba, the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional in México and the University of California, Berkeley.His current work focuses on the production of knowledge on “the Maya” through popular media, tourism and academic discourse.
Elizabeth A. Povinelli
Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University where she has also been the Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Law and Culture. She has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support anthropology of the otherwise. Her first two books examine the governance of the otherwise in late liberal settler colonies from the perspective of the politics of recognition. Her most recent work examined the same subject from the perspective of intimacy, embodiment, and narrative form. Dr. Povinelli’s ethnographic analysis is animated by a critical engagement with the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory.
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