Keynote lecture

Keynote lecture by Helena Tužinská (Department of Ethnology and Museology, Comenius University in Bratislava) "ANTHROPOLOGY AS NECESSARY UNLEARNING: Examples from Camps, Courts, Schools and Businesses"

17.04.2018, IEiAK UJ, Grodzka 9

The lecture explores the problems which arise when people attempt to communicate across cultural boundaries. I draw on my fieldwork experience in various settings in Eastern and Central Europe – camps, courts, schools and businesses. The lecture begins with a discussion of racial and ethnic stereotypes, then I turn to memory myths, suggesting how to apply recent findings from specialized memory research. In the second part of the paper, I challenge the concept of “intercultural”, which can all too easily legitimate the “clash of civilisations” ideology.

Helena Tužinská, ethnologist from Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia, author of Questions of Description and Translation: Use of Data from Anthropology and Ethnology in the Conduct and Interpretation of Interviews with Immigrants. In cooperation with non-governmental organisations she facilitated trainings in intercultural communication for various actors in the field of migration. Co-author of an informal survival kit for foreigners.

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