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Seminarium Zakładu Antropologii Społecznej IS UJ

Szanowni Państwo,

serdecznie zapraszamy na Seminarium Zakładu Antropologii Społecznej IS UJ, które odbędzie się w najbliższy czwartek, 31 marca 2022 r. o godz. 13:30. Spotkanie będzie miało formę hybrydową. Zapraszamy do Instytutu Socjologii UJ przy ul. Grodzkiej 52, pok. 53, a także na platformę Microsoft Team: LINK do spotkania.

Gościem Seminarium będzie nasz wybitny serbski kolega Aleksandar Bošković z Institute of Archaeology w Belgradzie, który w swoim wystąpieniu zapuści się w fascynujące rejony historii antropologii.

William Robertson Smith and early anthropology

This will be a presentation of the life and career of one of the most prominent anthropology’s ancestors, William Robertson Smith (1846-1894). Following his early study of kinship and marriage in Early Arabia, Smith was one of the scholars who profoundly influenced the development and establishment of anthropology in the late 19th century. His study of the relationship between myth and ritual influenced generations of scholars, both in anthropology, and in the so-called “Myth and Ritual School.” Although respected and studied, Smith still lacks full recognition in the history of social and cultural anthropology. This is largely due to the lack of understanding of his influence on scholars such as Sir James George Frazer (who dedicated the first edition of The Golden Bough to Smith), Émile Durkheim (who was very clear in acknowledging his debt to Smith in his Elementary Forms of Religious Life), Marcel Mauss, Bronislaw Malinowski, and their followers. A particular emphasis will also be laid at some popular misunderstandings of his work, based on misinterpretations by some late-20th century literary critics, like Edward Said.

Aleksandar Bošković is now Visiting Professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He is Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Archaeology in Belgrade (Serbia) and Professor of anthropology at the Faculty of Applied Science, UDG (Montenegro). He taught at the University of Belgrade; Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia); University of Brasília (Brazil); Rhodes University in Grahamstown (South Africa); University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa); and University of St. Andrews (Scotland, UK). He is the author or editor of eighteen books, including William Robertson Smith (Berghahn, 2021), Mesoamerican Religions and Archaeology (Archaeopress, 2017), Other People’s Anthropologies (Berghahn, 2008), and The Anthropological Field on the Margins of Europe (LIT Verlag, 2013 – co-editor). He has published in different anthropological journals, including Ethnos, Anthropos, Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, Gradhiva, and American Anthropologist. Bošković is the editor of Berghahn’s Anthropology’s Ancestors series, as well as co-editor of the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC).