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"The Interpreters: Monica Hunter Wilson and Her Research Assistants, 1930-1970"

Professor Andrew Bank will discuss Monica Wilson and her many contributions to the fields of social anthropology and history.

Monday, May 03, 2010
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
10th floor
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Throughout her career, Wilson highlighted topics in social anthropology such as the importance of professional field work, and the role of women in crosscultural communication, and most notably, the role of interpreters who acted as intermediaries between the researcher and the research subject.  This work is reflective of a "current resurgence of interest in 'the interpreters' in southern African historiography" and their contributions to the work of anthropologists across the region.

About Andrew Bank:
Andrew Bank is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.  His MA study from the University of Cape Town was published in 1991 under the title The Decline of Urban Slavery at the Cape, 1806-1834.  He did his PhD thesis at Cambridge, UK on racial ideology in 19th century colonial South Africa under Professor John Iliffe.  His most recent books are Bushmen in a Victorian World: The Remarkable Story of the Black-Lloyd Collection of Bushmen Folklore (Capetown, 2006) with Keith Dietchl and An Eloquent Picture Gallery: The Portrait Photographs of Gustav Theodor Fritsch, 1863-1866 (Johannesburg, 2008).  He is currently researching the work of women anthropologists in Southern Africa, 1910-1950.

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For more information please contact:

James S. ColemanAfrican Studies Center

Tel: 310-825-3686



Sponsor(s): African Studies Center

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