Explorations in ‘reverse anthropology’

The Intermedia Workshop presents a series of informal gatherings exploring ‘reverse anthropology.’ In this workshop series we will consider Horace Miner’s famous article “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” (among others) alongside films like Das Fest des Huhnes, Rouch in Reverse, Babakiueria, and Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny.

The goal of the workshop is to reconsider the trope of the exotic field-site in anthropology alongside other questions like satire, race and identity, aesthetics, as well as anthropological knowledge and pedagogy.

This is an informal, free, and open workshop series sponsored by the Intermedia Workshop. All are welcome.

Workshop no.1

Visiting scholar Florian Grundmüller presents the 1992 Austrian film, Das Fest des Huhnes – The Festival of the Chicken (link 1, link 2). This is a 50min satirical film about a group of ethnographic filmmakers from Subsaharan Africa shooting in Austria. Participants are encouraged to read Horace Miner’s 1956 article “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” and Mark Burde’s 2014, “Social-Science Fiction: The Genesis and Legacy of Horace Miner’s ‘Body Ritual among the Nacirema.’”

Screening and discussion

Friday, November 3, 2017
SAC Building 5.162 University of Texas at Austin

This event is free and open to the public.

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