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My practice of anthropology is mainly ethnographic and focuses on questions of human rights and political ecology in the 21st century, through a collaborative and transnational perspective that is grounded in partnerships and fieldwork with Indigenous Peoples and communities in Southeast Asia, North and Central America. My toolkit includes visual, curatorial and historical methodologies, in addition to conventional methods of qualitative ethnography. As a teacher I am influenced by Paolo Friere’s pedagogies, and aim at cultivating a critical anthropological perspective among the students I work with. In addition to general anthropology, I offer a variety of courses on topics that include museology, the Anthropocene, human rights, and religion.
The Political Ecology of Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights in Southeast Asia
The aims in this project are to describe and analyze the Indigenous Peoples human rights movement in this region across different scales of human interaction, from international to regional, national and local scales. This is an ongoing long term project grounded in collaborative partnerships with Indigenous Peoples organizations and communities. The current focus is with Indigenous Peoples from Cambodia and Vietnam.
Indian Residential Schools in Canada: Mush Hole Remembered
This project combines curatorial practice with ethnographic and historical methods to explore the past, present and future implications of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School (a.k.a. the Mush Hole), which was constructed on the Grand River Territory of the Six Nations Indigenous Peoples (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora) during the 19th century. The project’s primary focus is a collaboration with a Mohawk artist and survivor of the Mush Hole, that revolves around the creation, interpretation and exhibition of a large body of artwork based on the artist’s memories and experiences of Indian residential school.
2012. Iroquois Art, Power, and History. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
2015. “Cambodia.” The Indigenous World – 2015. Copenhagen: International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs pp. 286-291.
2013. “Kuy Alterities: The Struggle to Conceptualize and Claim Indigenous Land Rights in Neoliberal Cambodia.” Asia Pacific Viewpoint 54(3):309-322.
2012. “From Spirit Forest to Rubber Plantation: The Accelerating Disaster of Development in Cambodia,” ASIANetwork Exchange (Spring 2012) 19(2):68-80.
2012. “Iroquoian Religion in the Seventeenth Century.” The Cambridge History of Religions in America: Volume I: Pre-Columbian Times to 1790, ed. by S. Stein. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2013-2008. Mush Hole Remembered: Visual Testimony of R.G. Miller. Shingwauk Residential School Centre. Algoma University, Ontario; Tower Fine Arts Gallery, The College at Brockport, SUNY; Woodland Cultural Centre. Brantford, Ontario.
2008. Whitey and the Mush Hole: Reclaiming Lahiaaks. Documentary video.
Dr. Esara Caroll organized/chaired a two-part panel called "Fieldworkers' Insights into Refugee Resettlement" and presented a paper at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Vancouver, BC, March 29–31, 2016
Dr. Esara Carroll's project Supporting Adult Refugee Students is being funded by The Reed Foundation Inc. Read all about it.
Dr. Neal Keating (Anthropology) presents paper at the Indigenous Language Conference held on Haudenosaunee Six Nations Grand River Territory in Canada. Check it out.
Dr. Pilapa Esara Carroll shares the activism of a refugee documentary director in the latest issue of (585) Magazine. Read more here.
Please join us on Thursday, April 14, from 5 to 6:15 pm in Edwards 106 for our second lecture in our Marjorie Helen Stewart Speaker series from Dr. Micah Morton, titled, "Reframing the boundaries of indigenism: Akha mobile indigeneities in the Upper Mekong Region."