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AAA Mourns the Loss of Dr. Terence Turner

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November 10, 2015

Terence Turner, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago and Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University, passed away Saturday evening, November 8 after suffering a brain hemmorage earlier in the week. Terry made tremendous contributions to anthropology generally, and especially to Amazonian scholarship and the field of indigenous media.  He will be sorely missed.

Dr. Turner was extensively involved in human rights and indigenous support activities in South America, having served on the Ethics Committee of the American Anthropological Association from 1969 to 1972, headed the Special Commission of the American Anthropological Association to Investigate the Situation of the Brazilian Yanomami in 1991, and been a member of the AAA Committee for Human Rights from 1992 until 1997. In 1998 he was the recipient of the Solon T. Kimball Award of the American Anthropological Association for outstanding contributions to the application of anthropology to human rights and development issues, primarily for his work with the Kayapó, Yanomami, and other South American indigenous groups. His theoretical interests include social and cultural theory, Marx, kinship and social organization, myth, ritual and narrative, visual anthropology (particularly indigenous video and TV documentary), the body, and the critique of anthropological theory. 


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