Anthropology and/ as Performance: Genre-Bending, the “Post-racial,” and the Afterlife of Historical Trauma
Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)
Experiments in ethnographic writing flourished in the 1980s, and anthropology remains a site where scholars engage textual innovation. Kondo, an anthropologist, playwright and dramaturg, will discuss ethnography as genre, the afterlife of historical trauma, and the (im)possibility of knowing the past, through a consideration of her play Seamless, a comic drama about the cross-generational impact of Japanese American internment. The play constitutes Part Three of Kondo’s forthcoming book, Dangerous Crossings: Theory, Genre, and the Production of Race in American Theater. Joining Kondo in reading scenes from the play will be Professors Roland Hsu, Associate Director of the Stanford Humanities Center, Jisha Menon, of Theatre and Performance Studies, and Matthew Kaiser, of the Department of English at Harvard and Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.