Amselle

Jean-Loup Amselle

Jean-Loup Amselle (1942) is a French anthropologist. He is directeur d’études at EHESS (School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences) in Paris and head of the doctoral program in Social Anthropology and Ethnology. His main fields of interest include ethnicity, identity and cross-breeding, contemporary African art, multiculturalism and post-colonialism. Amselle is editor-in-chief of the journal Cahiers d’études africaines and has authored many books. Following are some of his works published in Italian: Logiche meticce. Antropologia dell’identità in Africa e altrove (Bollati Boringhieri, 1999); Connessioni. Antropologia dell’universalità delle culture (Bollati Boringhieri, 2001); L’arte africana contemporanea (Bollati Boringhieri, 2007); L’invenzione dell’etnia (Meltemi, 2008); Il distacco dell’Occidente (Meltemi, 2009).

Jean-Loup Amselle

Cross-breeding, multiculturalism, connections

may sun 30, 2010 - 3.30 p.m.
piazza dello Spirito Santo
 admission euro 3.00

Jean-Loup Amselle, one of Europe’s leading anthropologists, has developed an innovative theory of ancestral cross-breeding which has upturned the notion that separate ethnic groups existed at the origins of mankind. In Prof. Amselle’s theory, the different ethnicities we currently speak about are a construct created by scholars or colonists. More recently, Prof. Amselle introduced a new idea of identity, based upon the metaphor of connections as understood in ICTs, to explain how communities build local identities by connecting to global meanings and values but then go back to the local dimension. Hence a paradox: cultural globalization produces an increasing number of localisms.

Jean-Loup Amselle (1942) is a French anthropologist. He is directeur d’études at EHESS (School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences) in Paris and head of the doctoral program in Social Anthropology and Ethnology. His main fields of interest include ethnicity, identity and cross-breeding, contemporary African art, multiculturalism and post-colonialism. Amselle is editor-in-chief of the journal Cahiers d’études africaines and has authored many books. Following are some of his works published in Italian: Logiche meticce. Antropologia dell’identità in Africa e altrove (Bollati Boringhieri, 1999); Connessioni. Antropologia dell’universalità delle culture (Bollati Boringhieri, 2001); L’arte africana contemporanea (Bollati Boringhieri, 2007); L’invenzione dell’etnia (Meltemi, 2008); Il distacco dell’Occidente (Meltemi, 2009).

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