Presentations


INVITED PRESENTATIONS

  1. 2013. Featured speaker at an event sponsored by the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, hosted at McMaster University, June 18. Title of the presentation: "The Adventures of Liberal Humanitarianism in Africa: Bombing Libya to Freedom":

  2. 2011. Keynote address delivered by video to the 8th Annual Public Anthropology Conference, “(Re)Defining Power: Paradigms of Praxis,” American University, Washington, DC, 14-16 October.

    See also:
    * “Beyond Public Anthropology: Approaching Zero” (pdf) and
    * The conference program for “(Re)Defining Power: Paradigms of Praxis”

  3. 2011. “The Ongoing Reinvention of Wikileaks: Media, Power, and Shifting the Shape of Dissent.” Invited presentation and paper at “Open Sources and the Leaked American Diplomatic Cables,” Beirut, Lebanon, 04-06 March 2011. (Paper presented in my absence, included as a chapter in the publication in Arabic of a book, WikiLeaks, Media and Politics: Between the Virtual and the Real, by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.)

  4. 2010. “The Resurgence of the Caribs, and of Indigeneity, in Trinidad and Tobago.” Invited lecture, Caribbean Studies, University of Toronto, 25 February 2010. (All travel and lodging costs and honorarium)

  5. 2009. Presentation at the colloquium, “The Anthropologist in Mined Fields,” Department of Anthropology, Université de Montréal, Friday, 6 February.

  6. 2009. “In Complete World.” Address to the 6th International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec, Friday, 30 January, 2009, Concordia University.
    http://openanthropology.wordpress.com/2009/01/31/in-complete-world-at-the-international-ethnographic-film-festival-of-quebec-2009/

  7. 2008. “Internet Indigeneity and Anthropological Advocacy: Practicing Anti-Extinctionism, Diffusing Indigeneity, and Web Development as Action Research.” Invited lecture, Trevor W. Purcell Memorial Speaker Series, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida, 19 March 2008. (All travel and lodging costs and honorarium)

  8. 2008. Address to the 5th International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec, Saturday, 26 January, 2008, Concordia University.
    http://openanthropology.wordpress.com/2008/01/27/international-ethnographic-film-festival-of-quebec-comments/

  9. 2007. Introduction and discussion of Turcisce Carnival at the Montreal Ethnographic Film Festival, Sunday January 28, 2007, Concordia University.
    http://openanthropology.wordpress.com/2008/01/27/turcisce-carnival-by-ivo-kuzmanic-comments-from-ffem-2007/

  10. 2002. “Partnerships, Co-Constructions, and Network-Building: The Case of Caribbean Amerindian Website Development.” Invited presentation at the Seminar on Research Relationships and Online Relationships at the Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology (CRICT) Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK, 19 April, 2002. (All travel and lodging costs)

  11. 2001. “Amerindian@Caribbean: The Modes and Meanings of Electronic Solidarity in the Revival of Carib and Taino Identities.” Invited presentation at the Indigenous Uses of the Internet Symposium, Gothenburg University, Sweden, 07-10 June, 2001. (Paper presented on my behalf.)

CONFERENCES, SYMPOSIA & SEMINARS ORGANIZED

  1. (Organizer and Chair) “Open Discussion: Canadian Responses to the Militarization of Anthropology.” Joint conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) and the American Ethnological Society (AES), “Transnational Anthropologies: Convergences and Divergences in Globalized Disciplinary Networks,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 13-16 May, 2009.

  2. “Who Is An Indian? Race, Blood, DNA, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas.” A seminar with 14 participants, hosted at the Clarion Hotel, Montreal, August 2-5, 2007, with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

  3. “Transnational Indigeneity: Beyond the Hype of the Global and the Stereotype of the Local,” a symposium for the joint meetings of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) and the American Ethnological Society (AES), University of Toronto, 8-12 May, 2007. [two sessions, nine papers]

  4. “Indigeneity and Race: ‘Blood Politics’ and the ‘Nature’ of Indigenous Identity,” a symposium at the CASCA annual conference, Concordia University, 13 May, 2006. [two sessions, eight papers]

  5. “Anthropologists on the Internet: Observations by the Participants,” a double session organized for the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, 17-21 November, 1999. [two sessions, eight papers]

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  1. “WikiLeaks and Anthropology: Secrecy, Power, and the State.” Paper presented for “Leaks, Lies, and Red Tape: State Secrecy and Its Discontents” held at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Palais des congrès, Montréal, Québec, 18 November, 2011.

  2. Discussant for “Anthropologies of the Covert: From Spying and being Spied upon to Secret Military Ops and the CIA.” Held at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Palais des congrès, Montréal, Québec, 19 November, 2011.

  3. The Anthropology of Militarism/The Militarization of Anthropology.” Presented at the symposium of Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, “Paths Out of Empire: Anthropologies of Resistance and Prefiguration” held at the conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA), “The Greening of Anthropology: Reconfiguring Our Work for the 21st Century,” St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 11-13 May 2011.

  4. “ ‘Useless Anthropology’: Strategies for Dealing with the Militarization of the Academy.” Joint conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) and the American Ethnological Society (AES), “Transnational Anthropologies: Convergences and Divergences in Globalized Disciplinary Networks,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 13-16 May, 2009.

  5. “(Re)Imperializing Anthropology and Decolonizing Knowledge Production.” Paper presented at the 8th Annual Critical Race and Anticolonial Studies Conference organized by Researchers and Academics of Colour and Equality (R.A.C.E.), Ryerson University, Toronto, 14-16 November, 2008.

  6. “Who Is an Indian in the Americas? Histories, Practices, and the Roots/Routes of Pan-Amerindian Identification.” Paper presented at the conference, “Native American and Indigenous Studies: Who are we? Where are we going?” at the Institute of Native American Studies, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 10-12 April, 2008.

  7. “The Race on Your Face and the Blood in Your Veins: Conventions and Transformations of Carib Indigeneity in Trinidad (and Dominica).” Paper presented at the Seminar on “Who Is An Indian? Race, Blood, DNA, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas,” Clarion Hotel, Montreal, Canada, 2-4 August, 2007.

  8. “Indigenous Cosmopolitanism: Caribbean Pathways of Being and Becoming Indigenous in the World.” Paper presented at the Symposium on “Transnational Indigeneity: Beyond the Hype of the Global and the Stereotype of the Local,” at the joint meetings of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) and the American Ethnological Society (AES), University of Toronto, 8-12 May, 2007.

  9. “A Heritage Beyond Race: Positioning Carib Indidgeneity in Contemporary Trinidad.” Paper presented at the Symposium on Indigeneity and Race: “Blood Politics” and the “Nature” of Indigenous Identity, at the CASCA annual conference, Concordia University, 9-14 May, 2006.

  10. “After Extinction: Caribbean Indigenous Resurgence and the Decolonization of Critique.” Cultures of Resistance and Alternatives to Neoliberalism: A Studies in Political Economy Conference. Ryerson University, Toronto, 23-25 February, 2006.

  11. “Extinction: The Historical Trope of Anti-Indigeneity in the Caribbean.” Atlantic History: Soundings. 10th Anniversary Conference of the Atlantic History Seminar. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University August 10-13, 2005.
    http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~atlantic/program1.html

  12. “Writing the Caribs Out: The Construction and Demystification of the ‘Deserted Island’ Thesis for Trinidad.” Invited presentation at the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1825: Indigenous Cultures—Adaptation, Annihilation or Persistence? Harvard University, Cambridge Mass., 02-12 August, 2004.

  13. “The Carib Presence: Post-Colonial Re-encounters with Trinidad’s Indigenous Peoples.” American Society for Ethnohistory, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, The Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 27-31 October, 2004.

  14. “ ‘Our Amerindian Ancestors’: The State, the Nation, and the Revaluing of Indigeneity in Trinidad and Tobago.” Australian Association for Caribbean Studies, Old Canberra House, Australian National University, Canberra, 08-10 February, 2001.

  15. “Beyond the Boundary, Within the Domain: Ethnographic Partnerships with Caribbean Amerindians and the Transformative Projection of Anthropology.” American Anthropological Association (AAA, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 17-21 November, 1999.

  16. “The Ever Emerging Society: The State as Nation, Father or Broker? The Case of Trinidad and Tobago.” Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA), Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, Québec, Canada, 6-9 June, 1999.

  17. “Ethnographer, Broker, Partner, Spy: Between Investigation and Intervention in Fieldwork among the Caribs of Trinidad.” Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA), Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, Québec, Canada, 6-9 June, 1999.

  18. “From Smoke Ceremonies to Cyberspace: Globalized Indigeneity, Multi-Sited Research, and the Internet.” 25th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA), Université Laval, Québec, Canada, 12-16 May, 1999.

  19. “Canadian First Nations and the Formation of a Caribbean Organization of Indigenous People: The Development of the (Carib) First Nations of Trinidad & Tobago in a Local-Global Continuum.” Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA), 31 May – 3 June, 1998, University of Ottawa, Canada.

  20. “World-Systems, Globalization, and their Intersections in a New Anthropology.” Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA), 31 May – 3 June, 1998, University of Ottawa, Canada.

  21. “Crises of the Creole Nation and the Developmentalist State, and the Re-Engineering of Indigeneity in Trinidad and Tobago.” Joint Meetings of the American Ethnological Society (AES) and the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA), 7-10 May, 1998, University of Toronto, Canada.

  22. “ ‘The International Indigene:’ Regional and Global Integration of Amerindian Communities in the Caribbean.” Annual Congress of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), 19-21 March, 1998, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

  23. “Renewed Indigeneity in the Local-Global Continuum and the Political Economy of Tradition: The Case of Trinidad’s Caribs and the Caribbean Organization of Indigenous People.” 24th Annual Third World Conference, 18-21 March, 1998, Swissotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

  24. “The Coming of Post-Culture? Globalization, Creolization, Ethnicity and the Case of the Caribbean.” XXVIII Congress of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), held at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, 4-7 June, 1997.

  25. “Of Blood and Names and Colonial Ancestry: The Re-engineering of Carib Indigeneity in Trinidad (the Santa Rosa Carib Community Co. Ltd., 1976).” XXVII Congress of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), held at York University, Toronto, Canada, 31 October – 3 November, 1996.

  26. “Conflict and Contradiction in Islamic ‘Fundamentalism’ in the Caribbean: The Jama’at al Muslimeen in Trinidad and Tobago.” 19th Third World Studies Conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, 10-12 October, 1996.

  27. “The Crisis in Creolization in Trinidad and Tobago: Revitalizations, Continuities, and Ethno-Politics.” 18th Third World Studies Conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, 12-14 October, 1995.

  28. “The Cultural Limitations of Liberation Theology: A Critique of Modernity, Progress and Revolution as Elements of an Assimilative Liberation.” Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 21-24 October, 1993.

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

  1. Talk given to students organized for Off-AAA, on 19 November, 2011. See “Students Take Anthropology Back Into the Streets: A Report on Off-AAA.”

EXHIBITIONS

  1. Cuming Museum, Southwark, London, UK: “Untold Origins, Caribbean Heritage and Identity”, 19 October, 2004, to 26 February, 2005. (Photographs from my field research for exhibition and inclusion in a CD. From Bryn Hyacinth: “The object will be to show how cassava production, the tools and processes, are a key cultural practice that links the Caribbean with the South American mainland both historically and today”).

About Maximilian Forte

Anthropologist focusing on empire, militarism, political anthropology, decolonization, indigenous struggles, cyberactivism, visual ethnography, and media studies. Please post comments and inquiries to maximilian.forte@concordia.ca