Post by Brianna Isaacson ’15
We are very pleased to be co-sponsoring talks with the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Anthropology today and tomorrow. Our guest of honor is Don Kulick, Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. Kulick has focused on ethnographic fieldwork in many countries including Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark, and Italy. He has published eight books and is working on two more.
Today he will be presenting “Fantasy in Theory and Practice” today at 4:50pm sharp in Dewey 2162. This talk will discuss the erotic stories that young men in a Papua New Guinean village tell one another when they blood let, and how we can use the concept of fantasy to think about them.
Tomorow Kulick will present “Danes Call People With Down Syndrome ‘Mongol’: Politically Incorrect Language and Ethical Engagement” tomorrow at 5:00pm in Lattimore 513. During this talk Kulick will discuss the relationships between politically incorrect language and ethical engagement. He will contrast language used to describe disability and sexuality in Sweden and Denmark. While both countries have similar government support and services for people with disabilities, people in Denmark approach the topic with far less political correctness than the neighboring Swedes. Kulick will address the following questions:
- What is the point of advocating politically correct language to talk about something like disability?
- What are the consequences for people with disabilities when that language is lacking?