“Stealing Culture”

Professor Jean Jackson (MIT)

Prof. Jean Jackson has studied indigenous mobilizing in Colombia since the 1980s, at first focusing on the Amazon region, later on expanding to national and transnational levels.  Her recent work examines official multiculturalism and indigenous and human rights-claiming in the Latin American context.  Her talk considers the question, what assumptions about culture are embedded in the notion of “stealing culture”?  Two examples of reindigenization in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, provide ethnographic grounding.