POSTPONED PAIISWG Talk: Tiffany Cain

Wed, Apr 8, 2020, 4:30 pm
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PAIISWG
Program in American Studies

Photo of Tiffany Cain by Sameer A. Khan/Fotobuddy

Tiffany Cain. Photo by Sameer A. Khan/Fotobuddy

Tiffany C. Cain is a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow of the Princeton Society of Fellows and Lecturer in Princeton's Department of Anthropology and Humanities Council. She investigates settler colonialism as a form of political violence and focuses especially on how such violence, the things and places it generates, and the memories that result from its experience yield collective notions of heritage and sociopolitical consciousness across time. She combines methodologies and theoretical frameworks from across a variety of fields including archaeology, cultural anthropology, indigenous studies, history, comparative literature, and linguistics to address these issues. Her principal field research takes place in Quintana Roo, Mexico where she is a longtime member of the Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project — a community-based, collaborative heritage initiative anchored by an interest in the history and present-day relevance of the late 19th-century conflict often called the Caste War of Yucatan. She is currently developing a book manuscript based on this work, tentatively titled “Things of War: Conflict & Heritage on Mexico’s Maya Frontier.”