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Writing palm oil culture (in 2021)

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In this talk, which forms part of a larger book project, 'thinking through palm oil', Pauline von Hellermann presents an anthropological/historical description of palm oil 'culture' in precolonial West Africa - oil palm cultivation, processing, multiple uses and meanings. And she reflects on the impossibility of, or challenges involved in, producing such an account (as a white, European anthropologist) in 2021 - several decades after Marcus' and Clifford's 'Writing Culture', and in the midst of our discipline's ongoing struggles with its colonial origins and its wider role in perpetuating and amplifying structural inequalities.

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Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton St, off Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square

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