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British Academy Radcliffe-Brown Lecture in Social Anthropology

October 6, 2009

Anthropology in the Territory of Rights, Human and Otherwise
Professor Lila Abu-Lughod
Columbia University

Monday, 16 November 2009
5.30pm – 6.30pm, followed by a drinks reception
Lecture Theatre MR051, MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen

Tuesday, 17 November 2009
5.30pm – 6.30pm, followed by a drinks reception
The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Free Admittance

Travelling between transnational initiatives for Muslim womens rights and the everyday lives of some village women in Egypt, this lecture will argue that anthropologists and ethno­graphers can bring significant critical insights to bear on the wide-ranging current global discourse on rights human, womens, indigenous, etc. It will explore the ways in which this discourse supports and gives life to moral claims, social networks and institutions, variegated practices, international funding agencies, and various forms of expertise.

About the Speaker

Lila Abu-Lughod is the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University in New York. She is the author of three ethnographies based on fieldwork in Egypt: Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society; Writing Womens Worlds: Bedouin Stories; and Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt. She is the editor or co-editor of Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East, Media Worlds, and Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory. The book project that is currently engaging her, as a Carnegie Scholar, is on the politics and ethics of the international circulation of discourses on Muslim womens rights.

Radcliffe-Brown Lecture in Social Anthropology

This biennial series was established in 1972 by the Academy and the Association of Social Anthropologists, and named after the Associations first President, A R Radcliffe-Brown, FBA, who was also the first Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Oxford.

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Please note our ticketing and seating policy:

British Academy Lectures are freely open to the general public and everyone is welcome; there is no charge for admission, no tickets will be issued, and seats cannot be reserved. The Lecture Room is opened at 5.00pm, and the first 80 audience members arriving at the Academy will be offered a seat in the Lecture Room; the next 60 people to arrive will be offered a seat in the Overflow Room, which has a video and audio link to the Lecture Room. Lectures are followed by a reception at 6.30pm, to which members of the audience are invited.

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