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SEMINAR: Anthropology and Sociology Seminar

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Today's date is Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Anthropology and Sociology Seminar : Peopling Antarctica: Towards an anthropology of the southern continent Other events...
Anthropologists have long demonstrated how the concepts and practices of kinship are fundamental to social life. However, the way in which these concepts are expressed, and practices enacted, varies greatly from context to context. This paper begins from the question: if kinship really is fundamental to social life, then is this the case even in the most remote, and ephemeral, milieux on Earth: those that live in Antarctica bases? Based on ethnographic fieldwork carried out in and through New Zealandís Scott Base, and the USAís McMurdo Station, during the summer field season of 2016-17, this paper shows how the concepts and practices of kinship are fundamental here. Yet more intriguing are questions of how ties of genealogy, gendered relations, and practices of home-building, are constructed and sustained in such extreme settings.
Speaker(s) Dr Richard Vokes
Location Social Sciences Building Room 2204
Contact Dr Alka Sabharwal <alka.sabharwal@research.uwa.edu.au>
Start Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:30
End Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <karen.eichorn@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:10
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