Anthropology Professor to Lecture on Indigenous Rights

Neal Keating
Neal Keating

Neal Keating, assistant professor of anthropology at SUNY Brockport and former visiting assistant professor of religious studies at Hamilton, will speak on Monday, April 9, at 4:10 p.m., in the Kirner-Johnson Building’s Red Pit. Keating will discuss “Lost in Transition: Indigenous Rights and Transitional Justice in Cambodia, Canada, and Guatemala” and will preview his new book, Iroquois Art, Power, and History. The event is sponsored by the Religious Studies Department and is free and open to the public.

Keating holds a Ph.D. from SUNY Albany and specializes in contemporary and historical ethnographies of human rights, indigenous people’s movements, visual and material culture, and globalization. He will be published in the upcoming Cambridge History of Religions in America: Volume I: Pre-Columbian Times to 1790 with a chapter, “Iroquoian Religion in the 17th Century” and has served as the curator of education at the Iroquois Indian Museum at Howe’s Caverns.

Keating’s Iroquois Art, Power, and History (University of Oklahoma Press, 2012), is an account of over 500 years of Iroquois visual expression. Keating seeks to expose the false assumptions that underlie critical perceptions of Iroquois art as an “inauthentic expression of Indianness.”

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