Monday Colloquium: Kedron Thomas

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Washington University in St. Louis
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Monday, February 4, 2013, 3:30 pm  Haskell 315

Here is some background information

BA               2001         Vanderbilt (Political Science)
MA              2007          Harvard (Anthropology
PhD            2012          Harvard (Anthropology)

Research Interests

Law and society; globalization of trade and legal regimes, cultural and ethical dimensions of entrepreneurship and business, the semiotics of brands and branding, politics of indigeneity in Latin America.  Intellectual property law in Guatemala. Small-scale indigenous Maya apparel manufacturers who make clothing that features unauthorized uses of fashion brands

2011   (ed. w/ KL O'Neill)   Securing the City: Neoliberalism, Space, and Insecurity in Postwar Guatemala  Duke U Press
           Contains: "Spaces of Structural Adjustment in Guatemala's Apparel Industry," pp, 147-164

n.d.   Centers of (Il)legality, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review(under review)

2013  "Brand 'Piracy' and Postcolonial Statecraft in Guatemala," Cultural Anthropology 28(1) in press

2012  "Intellectual Property Law and the Ethics of Imitation in Guatemala."Anthropological Quarterly 85(3): 785-814

2010  (w/ P. Benson)  "After Cultural Competency: Research Practice and Moral Experience in the Study of Brand Pirates and Tobacco Farmers," Qualitative Research 10(6) 679-697.

2009  "Structural Adjustment, Spatial Imaginaries, and 'Piracy' in Guatemala's Apparel Industry," Anthropology of Work Review 30(1) 1-10 [Winner of the Eric R. Wolf Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of Work]

2008  (w/ P. Benson & EF Fischer)  "Resocializing Suffering: Neoliberalism, Accusation, and the Sociopolitical Context of Guatemala's New Violence,"  Latin American Perspectives 35(5) 38-58

  • Begins: Monday, February 04, 2013 - 2:30pm
  • Ends: Monday, February 04, 2013 - 4:00pm
  • Location: Haskell 315
  • Address: 5836 S. Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

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