CSEAS Noon Lecture Series: Eating an Elephant, Imagining a Community: Alimentary Nationalism and the Memory of the Senses


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  • Speaker: Mary Steedly, Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University
  • Host Department: Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)
  • Date: 10/03/2014
  • Time: 12:00pm

  • Location: 1636 School of Social Work Building

  • Description:

    Dr. Steedly (PhD, University of Michigan, 1989) is professor of social anthropology at Harvard University and has focused her research on the Karo Bataks, a kinship-based society of North Sumatra deeply implicated in colonial and postcolonial projects of modernity, development, and nation-building of the Indonesian state. Her first book, Hanging without a Rope: Narrative Experience in Colonial and Postcolonial Karoland (1993) won the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing in 1994. Her new book, Rifle Reports: Gender, Nationalism and Peasant Resistance in the Karo Area, 1945-1950, was published last year.