Don Kulick, Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University

The End

I will present material from my forthcoming book titled The End: Adventures with a Dying Language (Algonquin Books, 2019). The book is the final outcome of my thirty years of research on language death in the village of Gapun, Papua New Guinea, begun as a graduate student in the department. It is both an analysis of how a language dies and a memoir of my work as an anthropologist in the village.

Don Kulick is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Uppsala University, Sweden, where he directs a Swedish Research Council-funded research program titled Engaging Vulnerability. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction: socialisation, syncretism and self in a Papua New Guinean village (1992), Travesti: sex, gender and culture among Brazilian transgendered prostitutes (1998), Fat: the anthropology of an obsession (edited with Anne Meneley 2005), and Loneliness and its Opposite: sex, disability and the ethics of engagement (with Jens Rydström, 2015).

All seminars in the series.