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Claudi Esteva, first professor of Cultural Anthropology of the UB, invested as honorary doctorate posthumously by the URV

Moment of the ceremony

Moment of the ceremony

13/11/2017

Acadèmic

The cultural anthropologist and Americanism historian Claudi Esteva, who passed away on September 4, 2017, was invested as honorary doctorate posthumously by the Universitat Rovira i Virgili on November 10. Two of his students, the URV lecturers Joan Prat and Àngel Martínez, were in charge of presenting the laudatio. Berta Alcañiz, Claudi Esteva’s executrix and Doctor in Cultural Anthropology, was invested in the place of the former UB professor.

Born in Marseille in 1918, Esteva studied at the National Institute of Anthropology and History of the National Museum of Anthropology of Mexico City, the country where he exiled in 1939. He graduated in Anthropology at the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico, where he was the disciple of Pere Bosch i Gimpera, during a period of time when he established contact with the psychoanalyst Erich Fromm.

He returned to Spain in 1956, and got his doctorate in History of America in Madrid, where he founded and directed the Escuela de Estudios Antropologicos (School for Anthropological Studies) and Centro Iberoamericano de Antropologia (Ibero-American Center of Anthropology). He was later tenure-track 2 lecturer of Ethnology (1968) and the first professor of Cultural Anthropology (1972) of the University of Barcelona, where he created the Department of this subject.

 

Here is the conversation between Professor Esteva and his disciple Joan Bestard, also professor of Anthropology at the UB, part of the film collection named 15 minuts amb…

 
 
 

 

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