Cowards don't make history


Start Date: Mar 23, 2021 - 12:00pm

Cowards don’t make history: A talk about the origins of Participatory Action Research


Dr. Joanne Rappaport will share her latest research on the history of the development of an activist-centered research collective in the 1970s by Fals Borda (1925-2008), Colombian sociologist, and his collaborators from the National Peasant User Association. She will talk about the implications of this methodology in today's community-centered research. Following the presentation participants will be able to interact with the author and other invitees from Colombia.


Joanne Rappaport, an anthropologist in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University, received her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982. Dr. Rappaport has published several single-authored books: Cumbe Reborn: An Andean Ethnography of History (University of Chicago Press, 1994; Cumbe renaciente: Bogotá: Editorial Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia and Popayán: Editorial Universidad del Cauca, 2005), The Disappearing Mestizo: Configuring Difference in the Colonial New Kingdom of Granada (Duke University Press, 2014), Intercultural Utopias: Public Intellectuals, Cultural Experimentation, and Ethnic Pluralism in Colombia (Duke University Press, 2005; Utopías interculturales: Bogotá: Editorial Universidad del Rosario/Popayán: Editorial Universidad del Cauca, 2008), and The Politics of Memory: Native Historical Interpretation in the Colombian Andes (Cambridge University Press, 1990; Duke University Press, 1998; La política de la memoria: Editorial Universidad del Cauca, Popayán, Colombia, 2000).