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Anthropology colloquium series: Fear of ontological wolves

Join us for the last Anthropology colloquium of the term, presented by Craig N. Cipolla (Royal Ontario Museum) When: Thursday, March 29th Where: Kenneth Taylor Hall, B104 Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Mar 21, 2018

Craig Cipolla's talk will be a critical assessment of ontological questions in archaeological theory, particularly as they relate to the practice of collaborative Indigenous archaeology and the archaeology of colonialism in North American contexts. His paper is a direct response to Viveiros de Castro's 2014 Cambridge lecture, 'Who is afraid of the ontological wolf?'. Cipolla will discuss the advantages that ontological questions afford archaeologists who work with Indigenous communities and who strive to decolonize the discipline, but he will also address the shortcomings and omissions of the ontological turn in archaeology. As a white middle-class male who works in collaboration with Indigenous communities to rethink colonial histories, Cipolla will discuss why he finds proposed ontological leaps in archaeology both challenging and colonial.