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Panel in Honor of  Eric R. Wolf


for Members

Panel in Honor of Eric R. Wolf

Monday, March 22, 2010

Wenner-Gren Foundation

Presented By

Presented by the Anthropology Section


The life and work of Eric R. Wolf have been celebrated widely; most recently in an inspiring double session at the American Anthropological Association national meetings in December. All have noted the wide arc of Wolf’s anthropological scholarship and the depth of its lasting influence. He has opened-up history for us providing us with a guiding light for grounding our theoretical concerns –be they with the material or ideational dimensions of human life. With this panel, we intend to sketch the multi-layered, multi-directional influence that his work and teaching have had for a younger generation, especially within the New York anthropological community. He has been our colleague, mentor, friend and an outstanding member of this organization which he served as advisor and co-chair of the Anthropology Section. In recognition of this, The New York Academy of Sciences inducted him as Fellow in 1978. As our speakers will show, Eric Wolf’s legacy has touched and continues to touch seasoned anthropologists and up-in-coming scholars alike.

A reception will precede the meeting at 6:00 pm



Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb

New York University


Jane Schneider

Graduate Center, CUNY

Jane Schneider is professor emeritus in anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is the co-editor with Annette B. Weiner, for Cloth and Human Experience (1987), and the author of several essays on cloth and clothing. Her anthropological field research has been in Sicily and has led to three books, co-authored with Peter Schneider: Culture and Political Economy in Western Sicily (1976); Festival of the Poor: Fertility Decline and the Ideology of Class in Sicily (1996); and Reversible Destiny: Mafia, Antimafia and the Struggle for Palermo (2003). In 1998, she edited Italy’s Southern Question; Orientalism in One Country. She and Peter Schneider recently published a chapter in the Annual Review of Anthropology, “The Anthropology of Crime and Criminalization.

Sharryn Kasmir

Hofstra University

Sharryn Kasmir is Professor of Anthropology at Hofstra University. She received her PhD from CUNY Graduate Center. Her research, both in the US and Europe, focuses on industrial workplaces, working-class politics, and issues of ideology and identity. She is the author of The ‘Myth’ of Mondragón: Cooperatives, Politics and Working-Class Life in a Basque Town. (State University of New York Press,) and has recently written several essays on the Anthropology of Labor, including to articles with August Carbonella entitled “DuBois’s Darkwater and An Anti-Colonial, Internationalist Anthropology” and “Dispossession and the Anthropology of Labor.” Sharryn is also a co-editor of the journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.

August Carbonella

Memorial University

August Carbonella is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Memorial University. He received his PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center. His research centers on labor, militarism, and social movements in the US. August is co-founder and co-editor of Dislocations, a Berghahn book series, and co-editor of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Recent publications include a trilogy on labor written with Sharryn Kasmir, and the articles: Home Front: The Culture of US Imperialism from Viet Nam to Iraq; Structures of Fear, Spaces of Hope; and Beyond the Limits of the Visible World: Re-mapping Historical Anthropology.

Ken Guest

Baruch College, CUNY

Kenneth J. Guest is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College, City University of New York and the author of God in Chinatown: Religion and Survival in New York's Evolving Immigrant Community. His ongoing research interests include immigration, religion and China and New York City.

Andrew Newman

Graduate Center, CUNY

Andrew Newman is a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology program at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research focuses on social movements and urban politics in the global city. Newman’s dissertation is an ethnographic account of a neighborhood-based movement’s efforts to create a park in one of Paris’ immigrant districts. He is especially interested in participatory urban planning and the role of the environmental movement in the city, and is collaborating with researchers at the Laboratoire Vie Urbaine of the French CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) on a project studying residents’ involvement in the remaking of urban parks and public spaces. He has conducted fieldwork in Paris and New York City.

Antonio Lauria-Perricelli

New York University

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