In our previous blog post, Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich noted that her resolution for 2017 is to read six ethnographies. Inspired by this and all the different ethnographies we in the Cultural Anthropology Programme at Victoria University of Wellington are reading, we have started an ethnography book club on GoodReads. The goal is to read and discuss an ethnography every two months. If any of you are interested in ethnography (students, anthropologists, writers), we invite you to join us!
The plan is for Cultural Anthropology staff to select an ethnography, and the group to read it over the two-month period, meeting to discuss it during the last week of the second month at VUW. We’ll post some questions to get started in thinking about the book, and where possible we’ll also invite the authors to join us in our online conversations.
Lorena Gibson chose our first ethnography, Tupuna Awa: People and Politics of the Waikato River by Marama Muru-Lanning. “I chose this as our first ethnography because it is something all of the Cultural Anthropology staff have been looking forward to,” she says. “It is Māori anthropologist Marama Muru-Lanning’s first ethnography and in it she discusses a topical issue: the debates over water in one New Zealand river. The book provides a lens through which to view modern iwi politics, questions about water ownership, and contests for power between Māori and the state.”
The reading group will meet in person at Victoria University of Wellington for our discussion during the last week of the second month. The first meeting will be at the end of March, 2017. If this sounds like something you are interested in, you are welcome to join us in person and/or participate in our online conversation. All welcome!