Amherst College Professor of Anthropology Deborah Gewertz To Lecture at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in May

February 15, 2005
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AMHERST, Mass.-Deborah Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology at Amherst College, has been invited to spend a month as professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Gewertz and her collaborator, Frederick Errington of Trinity College, will deliver a series of lectures on food, globalization, class and gender in various seminars between May 9 and June 8.

The École is dedicated to the analysis of the contemporary world in a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural and comparative perspective, and to the training of experts in various cultural areas. Once the academic home of such luminaries as Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, and Claude Levi-Strauss, among many others, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales is perhaps the premier institution of higher learning devoted to the social sciences.

The co-authors most recently of Yali's Question: Sugar, Culture, and History (2004), Gewertz and Errington have collaborated on several books, including Cultural Alternatives and a Feminist Anthropology: An Analysis of Culturally Constructed Gender Interests in Papua New Guinea (1987), Articulating Change in the "Last Unknown" (1995), Twisted Histories, Altered Contexts: Representing the Chambri in a World System (1991) and Emerging Class in Papua New Guinea: The Telling of Difference (1999). Gewertz is also the author of numerous articles in books and journals, including American Ethnologist and American Anthropologist. Gewertz has taught at Amherst since 1977.

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