Travelers and anthropologists in the eyes of the natives


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17 Adriano Favole

Travelers and anthropologists in the eyes of the natives

€ 3.00
Sunday 26 May 2013 4:00 pm e 6:30 pm
Sala Maggiore Palazzo Comunale 2


One of the goals of travel is to create a tale in words and in writing, so travel and storytelling are closely intertwined. Yet travelers’ accounts are not the only ones that matter: there are also those made by the people they met along the way. Based on his personal experience as a researcher in Oceania, Adriano Favole will present some natives’ accounts of European travelers and anthropologists at various times in history. In particular he will cite the first encounters between "white people" and the inhabitants of Polynesia and Melanesia: how did the Hawaiians react to the arrival of Captain Cook and his crew in the 18th century? Why did the ’Are’are people of the Solomon Islands first welcome the Spanish conquerors as the bearers of peace? And how do the natives view the tourists and anthropologists roaming their lands today?




Adriano Favole is deputy director for Research at the Department for Culture, Politics and Society at the University of Turin and teaches Cultural Anthropology, Culture and Power. He has lectured at the Universities of Milan, Genoa and Bologna and in New Caledonia. He has travelled and conducted research in Futuna (western Polynesia), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Australia and in La Réunion (Indian Ocean). His main areas of study are political anthropology, anthropology of the body and anthropology of heritage. He writes regularly for the newspaper Corriere della Sera’s cultural insert, La lettura. His publications include: La palma del potere (Il Segnalibro, 2000); Isole nella corrente (La ricerca folklorica, Grafo, 2007); Resti di umanità. Vita sociale del corpo dopo la morte (2003); Oceania. Isole di creativity culturale (2010) and La bussola dell’antropologo (2015), both published by Laterza; Vie di fuga. Otto passi per uscire dalla propria cultura (UTET, Dialoghi sull’uomo, 2018).

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