Lecture by James Clifford (UC Santa Cruz, Stanford Visiting Professor) - “Always Coming Home: Ursula K. Le Guin and Postcolonial (Im)possibility in California”
James Clifford, one fo the world’s most influential anthropologists, is Professor Emeritus in the History of Consciousness Department at UCSC and currently Visiting Professor, part-time, in the Stanford Department of Anthropology. He is best known for his historical and literary critiques of anthropological representation, travel writing, and museum practices. Clifford co-edited (with George Marcus) the controversial invention, Writing Culture, the Poetics and Politics of Ethnography (1986). Clifford is currently completing Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the 21st Century, a book that will be the third in a trilogy. The widely influential first volume, The Predicament of Culture (1988) juxtaposed essay on 20th-century ethnography literature and art. The second, Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late 20th Century (1997) explored the dialectics of dwelling and traveling in post-modernity. The three books are inventive combinations of analytic scholarship, meditative essays, and poetic experimentation.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages