INAUGURAL PLENARY. JULY 28th
West Chester University, United States of America
Paul Stoller is Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University. He has published 15 books almost of which foreground narrative. These include ethnographies, biographies, memoirs, and novels. In recognition of his work, Stoller has been named a Guggenheim Fellowship (1994) and received the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) Robert B. Textor Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology. In 2013 King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden presented him the Anders Retzius Gold Medal in Anthropology. In 2015, the AAA awarded him the Anthropology in Media Award.
He lectures widely in Europe and in North and South America, where he also regularly conducts writing workshops for social scientists. His most recent book is Adventures in Blogging: Anthropological and Popular Media, which is being published in 2018. We cannot think of a better way to close our 4th AIBR Internatioanl Conference of Anthropology than a collective reflection guided by Stoller, on how to bring the stories we encounter in our anthropological work closer to the public sphere.
CLOSING PLENARY. July 31th
MIGUEL VALE DE ALMEIDA
Miguel Vale de Almeida (Lisbon, Portugal 1960), Is full professor in ISCTE-IUL. He is a researcher in CRIA, and managing director of the journal “Etnografica”. He has conducted fieldwork in Portugal, Brazil, and Spain, working on the topics of gender, sexuality, ethnic origin and “race”. He is author of several books, such as “Senhores de Si: Uma Interpretação Antropológica da Masculinidade” and “Um Mar da Cor da Terra: ‘Raça’, Cultura e Política da Identidade”. His recent publication is “A Chave do Armário. Homossexualidade, casamento, família” (Ciências Sociais, 2009).
Vale de Almeida is also a columnist, and a blogger. He is an activist for LGBT rights and was elected memeber of the Assembly of the Republic in 2009, where he worked for the approval of same sex marriage.