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The principle of goodness in the philosophy of Zambian humanism

Author:
Mwaipaya, Paul A  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Kaunda, Kenneth D (Kenneth David) 1924-2021  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Zambia
Date:
1986
Topic:
Philosophy, African  Search this
Humanism  Search this
Call number:
DT14 .A79 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_550735

Ivan Karp papers

Creator:
Karp, Ivan  Search this
Names:
Emory University  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Kratz, Corinne Ann, 1953-  Search this
Masolo, D.A.  Search this
Extent:
16.24 Linear feet (43 boxes and 2 sets of rolled maps)
0.21 Gigabytes
19 Sound recordings
Culture:
Teso (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Sound recordings
Manuscripts
Field recordings
Photographs
Field notes
Correspondence
Electronic records
Place:
Busia District (Kenya)
Date:
circa 1945-2012
bulk 1969-2012
Summary:
Ivan Karp (1943-2011) was a curator of African Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) from 1984 to 1993. He was also a professor at Emory University from 1993 to 2011. He conducted fieldwork among the Iteso (Teso) of Kenya and made significant contributions to the areas of African systems of thought, social theory, museum studies, and public scholarship. His collection contains his research on the Iteso of Kenya; his work at Emory University and the Smithsonian Institution; his reviews of manuscripts and books; recommendations that he wrote for his colleagues and students; his published articles and papers presented at conferences; and his project files on various topics including museum studies, African philosophy, public scholarship, agency and personhood, and the history of social anthropology.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains the professional papers of Ivan Karp, documenting his work as an anthropologist, professor, and museum curator. The materials include his research on the Iteso of Kenya; his work at Emory University and the Smithsonian Institution; his reviews of manuscripts and books; recommendations that he wrote for his colleagues and students; his published articles and papers presented at conferences; and his project files on various topics including museum studies, African philosophy, public scholarship, agency and personhood, and the history of social anthropology.

Karp's Iteso research files span from the late 1960s to the 1990s. These materials consist of his field notes, in both paper and digital form; household surveys; photographs; sound recordings; maps; grant proposals; bibliographic research; correspondence; notes and drafts of his dissertation; and his other writings. A great deal of the field materials was collected by his field assistants, particularly Steven Omuse. Some field materials were also collected by Karp's first wife, Patricia.

His Smithsonian files are electronic and contain little documentation regarding his administrative work. There are, however, some materials relating to the planning of exhibits at NMNH and a proposal to establish a program focusing on the African continent and the African Diaspora. There is also a memo with Karp's response to questions from a House Subcommittee regarding the National African American Museum and complaints about the NMNH Africa Hall. Other associated materials include his research and papers on museums and exhibits. While there are no files pertaining to the first two museum conferences he organized, a folder titled "Bellagio" contains documentation for the conference and associated workshops on museums and globalization that he organized while at Emory.

Karp's files from Emory are also in digital form and more substantive than his Smithsonian materials. They document his work on the different committees he chaired and programs he directed and founded, including the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship. His Emory files also include his comments on students' dissertations, papers, and proposals.

The digital files also document Karp's other areas of interests, particularly African philosophy; concepts of identity, personhood, and agency; and the relationships between international development and personhood. His work on African philosophy largely consists of files from a number of collaborative projects with Kenyan philosopher Dismas Masolo, including the 1993 conference in Nairobi they organized and the associated volume they edited, African Philosophy as Cultural Inquiry (2000). There are a few files of research on the Luo people. His research on development and personhood focuses on Africa, particularly on Kenya, and includes his papers, notes, and reference sources, which also exist in paper form. There are also files of obituaries and memorials of Karp from numerous publications and events.

Other materials in Karp's collection include his doctorate diploma, his Master's thesis, family photos, and a wedding album from his first marriage.
Arrangement:
This collection is organized into 6 series: 1) Iteso Research; 2) Development Discourse; 3) Personal; 4) Photographs; 5) Sound Recordings; 6) Born Digital Files.
Biographical / Historical:
Ivan Karp (1943-2011) was a curator of African Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) from 1984 to 1993. He conducted fieldwork among the Iteso (Teso) of Kenya and made significant contributions to the areas of African systems of thought, museum studies, and public scholarship.

Karp was born on August 27, 1943 in Stamford, Connecticut. He attended the University of Vermont as an undergraduate, majoring in Sociology and Anthropology (1961-1965), and pursued graduate studies in Social Anthroplogy at the University of Rochester (1967-1969). Karp received his M.A. (1969) and Ph.D. (1974) from University of Virginia. As a doctoral student he conducted research among the Iteso from 1969 to 1971. His dissertation, titled Fields of Change Among the Iteso of Kenya, was published in 1978. Karp continued his research on the Iteso into the 1990s and published various papers including "Beer Drinking and Social Experience in African Society" (1980) and "Laughter at Marriage: Subversion in Performance" (1987).

Before his employment at the Smithsonian, Karp held a teaching appointment at Colgate University from 1972 to 1975 and was a professor at Indiana University from 1976 to 1984. At Indiana University, he coedited with Charles S. Bird Explorations in African Systems of Thought (1980), the first of a 34-volume series published under his editorship.

He left Indiana University in 1984 to become the Curator of African Ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History. While at the Smithsonian, he served as Chair of the Ethnology Division and established with William Merrill the Smithsonian Series in Ethnographic Inquiry. It was also during this period that Karp began to critically examine museum practice, concepts of identity and agency, and systems of representation in relation to museum exhibits. He and Steven Lavine organized two major conferences on museums and co-edited the resulting conference proceedings: Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display (1991) and Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture (1992).

In 1993, Karp left the Smithsonian to direct the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts (1993-1996) at Emory University. He also served as director of the university's Institute of African Studies (1996-1999) and the Emory Center for International Studies (1996-1999). In addition, he cofounded and codirected with Corinne Kratz, his second wife, the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship (CSPS) from 1994 to 2009 and the Grant Writing Program from 1992 to 2011. Through the CSPS, he and Kratz also established and codirected the Institutions of Public Culture program, a collaboration with South African colleagues that brought together scholars of public culture from universities, museums, NGOs, political and arts organizations and related institutions (2000-2008). Karp also continued to facilitate discussions on museums, working with Kratz and his colleagues at the Rockefeller Foundation to organize a series of international workshops and a conference in 2002 on museums and globalization. He coedited Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations (2006), a collection of papers presented at the conference.

Karp retired from teaching at Emory University in May 2011 but planned to continue working with the Laney Graduate School's Grant Writing Program until full retirement in August 2013. Not long after finishing his last graduate seminar, Ivan Karp died at the age of 68 on September 17, 2011 in New Mexico.

1943 -- Born on August 27 in Stamford, Connecticut.

1961-1965 -- Undergraduate studies at University of Vermont with major in Sociology and Anthropology.

1965-1967 -- Graduate studies in Social Anthropology at the University of Rochester.

1969 -- Earns M.A. from University of Virginia. Begins conducting fieldwork among the Southern Iteso in Busia District, Kenya.

1972-1975 -- Instructor and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Colgate University.

1974 -- Earns Ph.D. from University of Virginia.

1976-1984 -- Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University.

1984-1993 -- Curator of African Ethnology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Insitution.

1987 -- Organizes conference on "The Poetics and Politics of Exhibiting Other Cultures."

1988 -- Organizes conference on "Museums and their Communities."

1993-1996 -- Director of Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University.

1994-2009 -- Director of Center for the Study of Public Scholarship, Emory University.

1996-1999 -- Director of Emory Center for International Studies, Emory University. Director of Institute of African Studies, Emory University

2000-2008 -- Director of Institutions of Public Culture program through CSPS.

2002 -- Organizes conference on " Museums and Global Public Spheres" held in Italy at Bellagio Conference Center of the Rockefeller Foundation.

2009 -- Moves to Santa Fe, NM where he had bought a home in 2003.

2011 -- Retires from teaching at Emory University. Dies on September 17 at the age of 68.
Related Materials:
Artifacts collected by Ivan Karp can be found in the National Museum of Natural History's Department of Anthropology Collections (Accession #390893 and 416181). Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music holds some of Karp's original Iteso sound recordings.
Separated Materials:
Four DVDs and a videotape were separated from the collection and transferred to the Human Studies Film Archives. One of the recordings is an interview with Karp that Robert Lavenda and Emily Schultz conducted in 1989 to accompany their introductory anthropology textbook, Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition. The rest of the recordings are of Karp giving presentations.
Provenance:
This collection was donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Corinne Kratz in 2014.
Restrictions:
Recommendations that Karp wrote for his colleagues and students are restricted until 2061.

Access to the Ivan Karp papers requires an appointment.
Topic:
Museum techniques  Search this
Luo (African people)  Search this
Social sciences -- Philosophy  Search this
Philosophy, African  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Teso language  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Manuscripts
Field recordings
Photographs
Field notes
Correspondence
Electronic records
Citation:
Ivan Karp papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2013-30
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2013-30

The Oxford encyclopedia of African thought / F. Abiola Irele, Biodun Jeyifo, editors in chief

Title:
Encyclopedia of African thought
Author:
Irele, Abiola  Search this
Jeyifo, Biodun 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Encyclopedias
Place:
Africa
Date:
2010
Topic:
Blacks--Intellectual life  Search this
Philosophy, African  Search this
African diaspora  Search this
Political science  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Religion  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1020945

Universals of human thought : some African evidence / edited by Barbara Lloyd, John Gay

Author:
Lloyd, Barbara Bloom  Search this
Gay, John  Search this
Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden Afrika-Studiecentrum  Search this
Physical description:
xxiii, 273 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1981
Topic:
Universals (Philosophy)--Congresses  Search this
Thought and thinking--Congresses  Search this
Philosophy, African  Search this
Call number:
B105.U5U56X 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_252707

Problèmes de méthodes en philosophie et sciences humaines en Afrique : actes de la 7ème Semaine philosophique de Kinshasa du 24 au 30 avril 1983

Author:
Semaine philosophique de Kinshasa (7th : 1983 : Kinshasa, Zaire)  Search this
Physical description:
272 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Place:
Africa
Date:
1986
Topic:
Philosophy, African  Search this
Humanities--Congresses  Search this
Social sciences--Congresses  Search this
Call number:
B5300.5.S45 1983X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_397149

Perspektiven afrikanistischer Forschung : Beiträge zur Linguistik, Ethnologie, Geschichte, Philosophie und Literatur : X. Afrikanistentag = Perspectives de recherches africanistes : linguistique, ethnologie, histoire, philosophie et littérature : Xèmes Journées des africanistes, Zürich, 23.-25.September 1993 / herausgegeben von Thomas Bearth ... [et al.]

Title:
Perspectives de recherches africanistes
Author:
Afrikanistentag (10th : 1993 : Zurich, Switzerland)  Search this
Bearth, Thomas  Search this
Universität Zürich Seminar für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft  Search this
Schweizerische Afrika-Gesellschaft  Search this
Physical description:
468 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Place:
Africa
Date:
1994
Topic:
African languages--Congresses  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Philosophy, African  Search this
African literature--Congresses  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_474309

Philosophy and Africa

Author:
Ewi, Kum Joe Set  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1986
Topic:
Philosophy, African  Search this
African languages  Search this
Call number:
DT491 .W516
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_525999

Body and space : symbolic models of unity and division in African cosmology and experience / edited by Anita Jacobson-Widding

Author:
Jacobson-Widding, Anita 1934-  Search this
Physical description:
348 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1991
Topic:
Cosmology, African  Search this
Philosophy, African  Search this
Space and time  Search this
Mind and body  Search this
Call number:
BD493 .B66 1991
BD493.B66 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_427755

Abiola Irele and the context of African philosophy discourse / Adeshina Afolayan

Author:
Afolayan, Adeshina  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Irele, Abiola Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Irele, Abiola Views on African philosophy  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2018
Topic:
Philosophy, African  Search this
Call number:
PL8010 .R46X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1110272

Introduction : African philosophy as cultural inquiry / Ivan Karp and D. A. Masolo

Author:
Karp, Ivan  Search this
Masolo, D. A  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa
Date:
2000
Topic:
Philosophy, African--Historiography  Search this
Ethnophilosophy  Search this
Philosophical anthropology  Search this
Call number:
B5305 .A373 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1100655

Biographical details / John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji

Author:
Bewaji, John Ayotunde Isola  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Bewaji, John Ayotunde Isola Education  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2013
Topic:
Christianity and other religions--African  Search this
Philosophy, African--Study and teaching (Higher)  Search this
Call number:
BH221.A35 B49 2013
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1098744

The nature of the philosophic enterprise : initial issues / John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji

Author:
Bewaji, John Ayotunde Isola  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2013
Topic:
Philosophy, African--Research  Search this
Call number:
BH221.A35 B49 2013
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1098745

African religions and philosophy [by] John S. Mbiti

Author:
Mbiti, John S  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 384 p. 18 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa
Date:
1970
[1970,c1969]
Topic:
Philosophy, African  Search this
Religion  Search this
Call number:
BL2400 .M47 1970
BL2400.M47 1970
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_42888

African philosophy as cultural inquiry / edited by Ivan Karp and D.A. Masolo

Author:
Karp, Ivan  Search this
Masolo, D. A  Search this
International African Institute  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 270 pages ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2000
©2000
Topic:
Philosophy, African  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1083739

African philosophy : the analytic approach / Barry Hallen

Author:
Hallen, B  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 361 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Philosophy, African  Search this
Analysis (Philosophy)  Search this
Methodology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_815143

A short history of African philosophy / Barry Hallen

Author:
Hallen, B  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 133 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Philosophy, African--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_825328

Kwasi Wiredu and beyond : the text, writing and thought in Africa

Author:
Osha, Sanya  Search this
Subject:
Wiredu, Kwasi Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
xxvi, 209 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Philosophy, African  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_826503

Weisheitslehrer als traditionelle afrikanische Philosophen

Author:
Kommerle, Heinz 1930-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa
Date:
2002
Topic:
Philosophy, African  Search this
Philosophers  Search this
Call number:
NX587 .H86 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_830316

Philosophie und Kunst in Afrika

Author:
Kresse, Kai  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2002
Topic:
Philosophy, African--Research  Search this
Call number:
NX587 .H86 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_830320

African philosophy of history in the contemporary era : its antecedents and methodological implications for the African contribution to world history / by Greg E. Kimathi Carr

Author:
Carr, Greg E. Kimathi  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 487 leaves ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa
Date:
1998
Topic:
Philosophy, African  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
B5315.H57 C37 1998a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_715406

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