[TimorLesteStudies] Reminder: 2 Melbourne seminars with Visiting Professor David B. Hicks: Monash Tues 16 June & Swinburne 19 June

Sara Niner saraniner at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 16:23:36 AEST 2015

Please be reminded these 2 seminars with Visiting Scholar Professor David
B. Hicks, Stony Brook University, US are on next week in Melbourne. best
wishes Sara Niner

Professor Hicks’ specialities are kinship systems, oral literatures, and
ritual life of the people living in East Timor He has written five books,
Tetum Ghosts and Kin (1976; 1988; 2004), Structural Analysis in
Anthropology (1978), A Maternal Religion, Kinship and Religion in Eastern
Indonesia (1984), and Cultural Anthropology (1996 with Margaret A. Gwynne).
In 1966-1967 he first visited Portuguese Timor and undertook 13 months of
field research with his wife, Maxine Hicks, in the eastern region of
Viqueque. The result of this research was two doctorates from the
University of Oxford based on two dissertations (one on social organization
and the other on ritual and belief) and the publication of Tetum Ghosts and
Kin in 1976.
National Imperatives, Local Values: the case of Timor-Leste Anthropology,
Centre for South East Asian Studies & Monash Asia Institute, Monash
University Date Tuesday 16 Jun Time 4 – 6pm

Location Building H, Level 8, Room H8.05/6
Caulfield Campus, 900 Dandenong Rd (opposite caulfiedl Station)

In 2015 Porfessor Hicks published *Rhetoric and the Decolonization and
Recolonization of East Timor* which argues that during the 1974- 5 period
the Timorese majority had little understanding of political events which
can be better understood in terms of the contrast between the political
culture of the capital Dili and the rest of the country. From this he draws
lessons about how transformations in governance from the traditional to the
legal can occur. The talk includes issues of not just "governance" but also
non-governmental themes including elements of social hierarchy, gender, and
*Social Anthropology and History: an ethnographic case study from Viqueque,
Timor-Leste * Institute for Social Research Swinburne University *Friday,
19 June 2015 Time: 12:00-1:00pm **Venue: AGSE211*

At a time when the frontiers separating the traditional scientific and
scholarly disciplines are being obliterated the occasion is apt for a
reconsideration of the relationships between social anthropology and its
sister disciplines such as political science, sociology, literary studies,
and the like. In my talk today I discuss the overlap between social
anthropology and history and make the case for revisiting the well-known
contributions to this topic made by E. E. Evans-Pritchard, who himself
began his academic career as a historian, and Claude Lévi-Strauss, whose
advocacy of a structural approach to the human domain might be thought to
imply a anti-historical regard for understanding social institutions. In
demonstrating how diachronic and synchronic perspectives may be combined in
their respective ways in helping to render institutions intelligible this
talk examines some of the lessons learned from several periods of fieldwork
in Timor-Leste beginning in 1966 .


*Dr. Sara Niner* Lecturer & Researcher
*Monash University *| School of Social Sciences | Anthropology
* P*hone: +61 3 99024139
*E*mail: sara.niner at monash.edu
* L*ocation: Menzies Building 11, 4th Floor, East Wing, Room E470
*P*ost: Monash University, Building 11 (E470), Clayton, Victoria, 3800,
* W*eb: http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/sara-niner/

*Sara L. Niner*
Australia 0417 357 298
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