Started in 2008, the Bauman lectures honor Richard Bauman’s prodigious contributions to understanding communication and texts as performative action situated in cultural contexts. Richard Bauman is a kind and thoughtful mentor and colleague whose intellectual insights transformed how scholars in many disciplines understand the circulation of utterances and the construction of audiences and publics. The IU Anthropology department honors speakers who equally inspire others through their research in communication, media, and performance.
Bauman Distinguished Lecture Series
Past Bauman lectures
“Translation and Materiality: The Travels of European Porcelain”
"Politics and Popular Readerships in Early Yoruba Print Culture"
"For Christ Has a Union in Heaven, How Beautiful Union Must Be: Musical Performance, Labor Struggles and Religious Transformation in Appalachia in the Early Twentieth Century"
"A Visual Ethnography of the City of Intellect"
"Reading, Recognition, and Temporality in the Emerging Academy"
"Saliva and Dust: The Voice-Body Relationship in Zulu Men's Ngoma Performance"