Conference + Participants

All events on Friday, April 24, including the Keynote Lecture, will be held in Aaron Burr 219. All events on Saturday, April 25, will be held in Dickinson 211. Please see the “Logistics” page for information about these locations and a map of Princeton’s campus.

Friday, April 24

Panel I — “Illustrating Time and Difference,” 1:00-2:30 PM.
Comment by Professor Rachael DeLue, Princeton University.

Leah Aronowsky (History of Science, Harvard) — “Capturing Temporality: The Fish Illustrations of the U.S. Exploring Expedition (1838-1842).”

Adam Johnson (History/STS, University of Michigan) — “Pencils, Paper, and Scatological Rites: Appreciating Cultural Difference through Ethnographic Documentation in 19th Century Southwestern Indian Communities.”

Laurel Waycott (History of Science, Yale) — “Henry Hitchings and the American West.”

2:30    Coffee and tea

Panel II — “Performance, Experience, and Aesthetics,” 2:45-4:15 PM.
Comment by Professor D. Graham Burnett, Princeton University.

Alexander Schwinghammer (Communications, Bauhaus) — “Performative Epistemologies: Exploring Ethnographic Imaginaries in the Arts.”

Rachel Thompson (Anthropology, Harvard) — “Labyrinth of Linkages: The Essay Film as Fieldwork.”

Javier Padilla (English, Princeton) — “Precarious Writing: Agee’s Expressive Object and the Poverty of Experience.”

Keynote lecture, 4:30-6:00 PM.
Professor Ann Laura Stoler (The New School) — “Writing the Disquiets of a Colonial Field.”
Aaron Burr 219.

6:00     Reception

7:00     Dinner

Saturday, April 25

8:30    Coffee and breakfast pastries

Panel III — “Writing at the Boundaries,” 9:00-10:30 AM.
Comment by Professor Mary Louise Pratt, NYU. 

Wendy Doyon (History, University of Pennsylvania) — “Arabic Writing at Archaeological Field Sites in the Early 1900s.”

Jorge Giovannetti (Anthropology, University of Puerto Rico) — “The Anthropologist and the Apprentice: Two Written Testimonies of Life in Rural Cuba.”

Elodie Grossi (Sociology, Paris Diderot) — “Writing from Another Perspective: When the Dynamics of Frenchness, Whiteness, and Gender Interlock.”

10:30    Coffee and tea

Panel IV — “Seeing Beneath the Surface: Photography as Fieldwork,” 10:45 AM-12:15 PM.
Comment by Professor Anne McCauley, Princeton University.

Thadeus Dowad (History of Art, Berkeley) — “Expeditionary Photography and the Operating Table: Charnay’s Bodies/Viollet-le-Duc’s Pencil.”

Matthew Mullane (Architectural History, Princeton) — “Measuring the World’s Monsters: Ito Chuta’s ‘Firudo Noto’ and Architectural Fieldwork, 1902-1905.”

Drew Thompson (Historical and Africana Studies, Bard) — “Photography as Fieldwork: The War for Mozambique’s Independence, 1963-1975.”

12:15    Lunch

Panel V — “Making the Imperial Field,” 1:30-3:00 PM.
Comment by Professor D. Graham Burnett, Princeton University. 

Joppan George (History, Princeton) — “An Eye in the Sky.”

Natalie Cox (History, Warwick) — “ ‘It is discovery not a survey:’ Text, Travel, and Truth in Mapping the Great Lakes of Eastern and Central Africa, c. 1830-1880.”

Marcelo Figueroa (History, Tucumán-Argentina) — “Natural History, Fieldwork Practices, and the Diagnosis of the Spanish Empire: the Malaspina Expedition on Three Contested Spots (1789-1793).”

3:00    Coffee and tea

Panel VI– “Writing Fieldwork in its Place,” 3:15-4:45 PM.
Comment by Professor Ann Fabian, Rutgers.

Sahar Bazzaz (History, Holy Cross) — “From the Yemeni Highlands to the Depths of the Red Sea: Travel Narrative and the Production of Scientific Knowledge during the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle’s Red Sea Natural History Expedition (1836-1839).”

Michael Smith (Applied Linguistics, UCLA), David Mogk (Geology, Michigan State), and Charles Goodwin (Communication, UCLA) — “Creating the First Inscription.”

Vanessa Finney (History and Philosophy of Science, Sydney/Australian Museum) — “In and Out of the Archives with the ‘Endeavour’ Field Records of James Cook, Joseph Banks, and Daniel Solander.”

4:45     Closing Remarks

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