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【本演講改為線上進行,連結請詳內文】【臺灣大學人類學系週五演講系列】Ethnography and Environmental Justice: Anthropological Engagements in Vulnerability’s “Double Force” / Prof. Dana E. Powell

What is the role of ethnography in sociopolitical movements for environmental justice? This question has shaped two decades of the author’s research alongside communities in the Navajo (Diné) Nation in the US Southwest, Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota, and Black and Indigenous groups in eastern North Carolina. More broadly, how might ethnography – the central critical method of cultural anthropology — offer particular insights into what the author sees as the “double force” of vulnerability? This presentation draws upon a longer paper by Powell (with co-authors Grant Gutierrez and Theresa Pendergrast, forthcoming in Environment & Society) that argues for the unique contributions of an ethnographic sensibility and empirical attentiveness to transforming environmental injustice by rethinking “vulnerability,” from a biological to a socially-produced force, that does not necessarily foreclose new political possibilities. The talk offer three situated, ethnographic cases for examining the sociocultural impacts of extractive energy infrastructure (coal, oil, and biogas, specifically) in Indigenous communities where Powell has worked. Ultimately, the cases demonstrate how the Anthropology of Energy must remain critically attendant to the empirical if it is to enhance theoretical and public-facing conversations on climate change and just transitions.

從身體姿態到表意符號:試析德國古典語言哲學的人類學涵蘊 / 林遠澤教授 (國立政治大學哲學系特聘教授兼系主任)

「人是什麼?」做為人類學最基本的探問,與人如何能發明語言這個問題密不可分。人之為人,即因人在有語言之後,才與動物截然有別。語言構成人類將自然符號化成為有意義之世界的基礎,人類各民族不同的語言結構,因而也先在地規定了該民族的世界觀與文化發展形態。本次演講,我將透過從赫德、馮特到米德的德國古典語言哲學的發展,說明他們如何透過人能從動物的姿態溝通,過渡到以表意符號進行互動的過程,來理解人之為人的人類學特性所在。