Michel-Rolph Trouillot passed away a few days ago on July 5, 2012. Anthropology Report, edited by Jason Antrosio, has a page dedicated to tributes, memorials, and news about his passing. Another page on the site has a nice bibliography of Trouillot’s work. Antrosio has another must-read piece over at Living Anthropologically called The Headline We Should be Reading: Anthropology Changed Everything. Some very strong points about the current state of affairs in anthropology today. Antrosio wonders why, for starters, there has been relative silence among the anthropological community about the passing of Trouillot:
My sense is that it has a lot to do with timing–some of the leaders in the American Anthropological Association are attending international conferences but have promised a posting soon. Once the AAA gets the ball rolling, we should see more. So, although I am puzzled by a lack of postings on anthropology blogs–I’ve seen tributes mostly from archaeology, history, and Haitian sources–there will surely be due commemoration in its time. The larger issue is why we don’t read headlines about Trouillot and how anthropology changed everything.
That is the big question. Why aren’t we reading about the impacts of Trouillot’s life and work in broader media outlets? Definitely take the time to read that post. I’m interested to hear what some of you think about this.
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Hat tip: thanks to SM reader CarlosFM for bringing this to my attention. Much appreciated.