Material Culture Speaker Series
March 2, 4:30PM: Shared Histories: Materiality and Community in Ancient India. March 4, 4:30PM: Art as Action: Transformative Exchanges at the Accra Arts Centre.
Teresa Raczek is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire, with a concentration in theoretical archaeology and field research. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in the Social Sciences in 2001 from the University of Chicago.
Her dissertation, “Shared Histories: Technology and Community at Gilund and Bagor, Rajasthan, India (c. 3000-1700 BC),” investigated the ways that technical skills emerged in material culture in northern India. Ms. Raczek is currently revising her dissertation for publication and proposing a new field project centered around a small, rural village in India.
Ruti Talmor's work combines visual, oral, and archival history with ethnographic methodologies, drawing on her training in art history, media and cultural anthropology. Working in Ghana and the Ghanaian diaspora, Talmor investigates emergent art and craft worlds as intercultural zones where West African artists come together with returnees from the African diaspora, expatriates and white tourists, all seeking to transform themselves and rewrite their historical positions through exchanges of art and craft. Talmor is currently the Du Bois Mandela Rodney Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan.