Tours, Workshops, and Special Lectures at CSAS

In addition to 147 papers, 13 posters, and one roundtable, our 2018 conference includes a number of special offerings for our attendees.

Museum Tours

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures on the Indiana University campus is offering tours of its exhibits and portions of its collections to our attendees at no charge.  The first tour is Friday, April 20 at 3:30 PM.

The second tour takes place on Saturday, April 21 at 10 AM.  Note that this is a private tour, offered before the museum is normally open, and therefore is limited to 20 people.  Please email [email protected] with the subject line TOUR REGISTRATION-Central States to reserve your place.  Those registered will need to arrive no later than 10:05 AM for the tour, since the staff will need to lock the doors after the tour begins.

Both tours begin at the museum entrance at 416 N. Indiana Ave.  For a campus map, visit or or consult the printed conference program.



Unlike workshops at the AAA meeting, CSAS workshops are offered at no additional charge, and no advance registration is required.


Friday, April 20 10:15 AM-12:15 PM Sketching as Ethnographic Method

Facilitator: Robert Phillips (Ball State University)


Friday, April 20 1:15-3:15 PM Conference Organizing

Facilitator: Angela Glaros (Eastern Illinois University)

This workshop is aimed at those on the CSAS presidential track, who will plan future annual meetings, but anyone is welcome—especially if you would like to see your institution host a future CSAS meeting and want to get involved in local arrangements.


Friday, April 20 3:30-5:30 PM Teaching Engaged Digital Ethnography: Student-Produced Films and Podcasts

Facilitator: Heather O’Leary (Washington University in St. Louis)


Saturday, April 21 8:00-9:45 AM  Assessing Social Justice in Anthropology Courses

Facilitator:  Jennifer Wies (Ball State University)


Special Lectures

In addition to the Distinguished Lecture on Friday evening by Professor Anya Peterson Royce, we are pleased to include in our program two additional lectures by eminent anthropologists, with the sponsorship of the Indiana University Department of Anthropology.


Thursday, April 19 3:30 PM 

Helena Wulff (Stockholm University), “Last Night in Sweden:” On the Cultural Translation of Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s Work


On Saturday 18th of February 2017, President Donald Trump gave a speech in Melbourne, Florida, where he mentioned the recent terrorist attacks in Europe enumerating Nice, Paris and Brussels and adding with emphasis: “You look at what happened last night in Sweden!” This was met with ridicule and astonishment in Sweden as that had actually been an ordinary peaceful Friday night in Sweden. Yet terrorist attacks have happened on other occasions in Sweden. In my literary anthropological study of migrant writing in Sweden, acclaimed author Jonas Hassen Khemiri, of Tunisian origin, considers terrorism and racism in his novels and plays. His novellaI Call My Brothers has been performed as a play in Stockholm, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Finland and in New York (by theplaycompanynyc) at the New Ohio Theatre Off-Broadway. It was a “failed” suicide attack in Stockholm in 2010 (when a car bomb only killed the bomber) which spurred Khemiri to write this piece. But why would a play that addresses new issues of power, stereotypes and physical appearances in Sweden matter in the United States with its generic diversity? Performing the play in New York entailed not only a linguistic translation from Swedish into English, but importantly a cultural translation as well. It turns out that the international success of this play has nothing to do with Sweden or an interest in Swedish contemporary life, but can be understood as local variations on the global themes of terrorist crimes and racial profiling.


Friday, April 20 10:30 AM

Ulf Hannerz (Stockholm University), Remembering, Reading, Writing Nigeria: An Adventure in Literary Anthropology


This is a report on an ongoing writing project. I traveled widely in Nigeria in the 1960s, then did anthropological field work in a Nigerian town in several periods in the 1970s and 1980s. After that, I have not been back in the country, but for an anthropologist, a field experience becomes an enduring part of one’s life. So I have tried to keep up with Nigerian affairs, and I have kept reading Nigerian fiction, from the 1950s into the present. Now I am attempting to write a set of essays, particularly with my field experience as a point of departure, about the portrayal of Nigerian society by Nigerian, and some non-Nigerian expatriate, authors. The materials are further enriched by the fact that a couple of the authors were born in the town which became my field site, and I have also met with some of the other writers involved.

Locations for workshops and lectures will be added to the preliminary program as soon as they are finalized.