Rethinking anthropology today with Emmanuel Terray

Portrait of Emmanuel Terray © DR


Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th March 2014

International colloquium organised by the Department of Research and Education at the musée du quai Branly and the Laboratory of Social Anthropology (CNRS-Collège de France-EHESS

Emmanuel Terray is one of the great figures in French anthropology. His Marxist training led him to question the fundamental place of conflict in the human condition. His enquiry into the Abron kingdom of the Ivory Coast examined the complex history of western Africa and its links with slavery. His commitment to the homeless is rooted in an awareness of globalisation and its frontiers. This colloquium proposes a critical discussion of his works in his presence to assess their currency and possible expansion. 

How can a political anthropologist consider conflict as a universal phenomenon? What resources do historical archives provide for an ethnographic enquiry? What is the place of political commitment in the anthropologist's theoretical considerations? 

Emmanuel Terray has suggested rigorous and passionate analyses of these questions, which we will debate with him collectively.

Scientific Committee: Laurent Berger (EHESS), Frédéric Keck (CNRS), Anne-Christine Taylor (musée du quai Branly)

Coordination and organisation: Anna Gianotti Laban (musée du du quai Branly) : anl(at)

download the program of the symposium (pdf)

useful information

  • 9.30 am to 6.30 pm
  • cinema
  • free access, subject to available places