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Don Brenneis on “The Work of Scholarship in the Era of Electronic Reproduction”
April 21, 2015 @ 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm
Please join us for a talk by Don Brenneis, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Tuesday, April 21 from 12-1:30 pm, Room 1246, SSH.
Lunch will be served – Please RSVP at this link if you plan to attend
Don Brenneis (BA, Stanford; PhD, Harvard) is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and works at the intersections of language and other kinds of communicative practice with social, political, and intellectual life. His initial research was in a diasporic South Asian community in Fiji and focused both on the complex relationships between language and conflict and on the transformation of local cultural life from its north Indian antecedents. In recent years he has pursued related questions in quite different setting, focusing on the ethnography of research funding panels and other key sites in which peer review figures centrally in the ongoing shaping and circulation of knowledge in the social sciences. Most recently he has moved to complement his studies of deliberative review by ethnographic research on the underlying structure, uses, and consequences of citation analysis and other bibliometric indicators of scholarly and scientific value within the academy and the research funding world.
This recent focus on evaluation and assessment was catalyzed in part by his extensive experience in scholarly association governance and scholarly publishing and many years spent as reviewer and funding panel participant. He edited American Ethnologist from 1989-1994, was President-Elect and then President of the American Anthropological Association (1999-2003), and served on the editorial committee of the University of California Press from 2005-2010 (including two years as co-chair). He is currently Co-Editor of the Annual Review of Anthropology and has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Professeur Invité at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and Fellow at Lichtenberg-Kolleg, University of Goettingen.