Anthropology of White Supremacy

MWP Multidisciplinary Research Workshop: Envisioning the Global South(s) Interview Series

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28 April 2021

18:00 - 19:00 CEST



Maria Dyveke Styve interviews Jemima Pierre (UCLA) on the topic. The discussion will center around the interviewee's work "Anthropology of White Supremacy".

To speak of global white supremacy is to point to the racial dimensions of an international power system that includes an ideology of white (broadly defined) racial superiority and its related sets of practices. However, it remains difficult to operationalize the historical reality of white supremacy within anthropological theory and practice. For even as mainstream anthropology has acknowledged the significance of race, it has yet to thoroughly engage the role of white supremacy, especially global white supremacy, as part and parcel of the baseline understanding and functioning of the modern world. 

How can we as anthropologists speak of neoliberalism, for example, without keeping in constant view the context of white privilege and power that structure both global capitalism and (post/neo) colonialism?

(Extract from Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús and Jemima Pierre's Introduction to Special Section on the Anthropology of White Supremacy, American Anthropologist, Vol 122, No. 1.)

About the Workshop: 

This MWP multidisciplinary workshop aims at exploring strategies, processes and narratives through which Western gazes have contributed to the creation and making of the Global South. The workshop critically examines the ways in which knowledge is produced on Asian, African, Middle East and Latin American regions. It does so to look at the social, environmental, political, legal premises and consequences of those views. The contributors reflect on many of the questionable policies and practices born of these imaginaries and related histories that have been utilized in the regions since the colonial period. They further reveal how power, in the form of development programs, notions of nationalism, expert knowledge, landscape transformation and human right discourses, for instance, relates to Western and European-originated knowledge production systems.

The Zoom link will be provided following registration.



Pia Dittmar


Maria Dyveke Styve (EUI)


Jemima Pierre (UCLA)

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