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What happens to race when the empire crumbles? [Anthropology of Race and Ethnicity Network] 
Mihir Sharma (Universität Bayreuth)
Damani Partridge (University of Michigan)
Esra Ozyurek (University of Cambridge)
Jasmijn Rana (Leiden University)
Duane Jethro (University of Cape Town)
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Damani Partridge (University of Michigan)
Mihir Sharma (Universität Bayreuth)
Mathematics & Physics Teaching Centre (MAPTC), 0G/017
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

What happens to race when the empire crumbles? This panel will explore and engage anthropological investigations of race and racisms amidst the appearance of a crumbling empire, as statues are torn down and museums get reconceptualized.

Long Abstract:

What happens to race when the empire crumbles? Are we in the midst of a major social transformation, or is something else at work? What are the implications for the study of and the everyday experience of race and racism?

Is the empire crumbling? If so, what is the significance for anthropology and anthropological investigation, particularly from the perspectives of Black, Indigenous and researchers of Color? If the empire is not crumbling, how might we understand the implications for those who have been trying to undo its colonial persistence? What are the implications for their research and activism? As the more public-facing venues of anthropological production, linked directly to the discipline's imperial legacies, are the current efforts to decolonize museums evidence of a crumbling or a reification of long-standing arrangements of power? Can these institutions ever be effectively put to other uses? Can the empire's other monumental forms be repurposed or undone, particularly in relation to race and racism?

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Session 1 Tuesday 26 July, 2022, -