Common Ground

Living Artifacts in Colonial Collections: James Clifford

Featuring Clifford, Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, and Hearne Pardee

 

1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Historian and cultural theorist James Clifford joins Rail Editor-at-Large Thyrza Nichols Goodeve and Rail contributor Hearne Pardee for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Noa Mendoza.

In this talk

Find more information on Clifford’s books The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art (1988), Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century (1997), and Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty-First Century (2013), all available from Harvard University Press.

James Clifford

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Historian and cultural theorist James Clifford is an Emeritus Professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Clifford is the author of several widely cited and translated books, including The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth Century Ethnography, Literature and Art (1988) and Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late 20th Century (1997), among others. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a recent Guggenheim recipient, and an External Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. Clifford’s current research concerns the decolonization of museum collections of non-Western art and culture. His most recent book, Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty-First Century (2013) explores these unfinished changes.

Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
Thyrza Nichols Goodeve is a writer, editor, and educator who lives in Brooklyn Heights. She was Senior Art Editor at the Rail from 2017 to 2019 and is currently an Editor-at-Large.

Hearne Pardee

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Artist and writer Hearne Pardee is based in New York and California. Pardee is a Professor Emeritus at University of California, Davis. His paintings and collages explore everyday landscapes, including those on the Pacific Island of New Caledonia. His writings for the Brooklyn Rail include a recent review of Lois Dodd’s paintings of the “local”, and a 2019 interview with Wayne Thiebaud.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Noa Mendoza reading.

Noa Mendoza

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Writer and translator Noa Mendoza is based in Brooklyn. Their first chapbook of poetry and experimental translation, fantasy radio/radio fantasmal, is forthcoming through Wendy’s Subway.

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