Exploring Plantation Worlds: Towards Ethnographic Collaboration
Colloquium | November 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Tania Murray Li, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto
Plantations are huge institutions; not one field site but many. They are rigidly hierarchical, segregated by gender and ethnicity, and they have complex relations with the surrounding society. It is difficult for a single researcher to become familiar with multiple plantation worlds, suggesting the need for a team approach. In this talk Tania Li describes the rewards and challenges of team-based ethnographic research drawing on work she carried out in Indonesias oil palm plantations together with her collaborator Pujo Semedi and around 100 students from their two universities (Toronto, Gadjah Mada).