In his work Nicolas Peterson has advocated the intimate connection between ethnographic data and anthropological knowledge. We seek contributions that will build on the dialogical relationship between ethnography and theory.
Celebrating Nicolas Peterson's role in shaping Australian anthropology, this session solicits contributions inspired by the inquisitiveness of his work. Since his original fieldwork in Arnhem Land, Peterson has explored a broad range of issues critical to larger anthropological debates such as: • Indigenous and cultural rights; • The History of Aboriginal Studies and the Production of Social Theory; • Matters of Indigeneity and Citizenship; • Photographs of Aboriginal Peoples and Cultural Appropriation; • Myths, Songs, and Ritual Organisation in Arnhem Land and Central Australia; • The Politics of Fourth World Peoples and The Nation-State; and • The Interplay Between Culture and Economic Factors (including theoretical deliberations on demand sharing and the moral domestic economy). In his own writing as well as in his exemplary and insightful mentoring, Peterson has advocated the intimate connection between ethnographic data and anthropological knowledge. We seek contributions that will build on the dialogical relationship between ethnography and theory. Paper presenters are encouraged to examine mediated processes of ownership and appropriation in light of Peterson's anthropological analyses of the socio-economical, political and visual factors.
Domestic moral economies of the borderlands: an analysis of transformations in the social relationships between Torres Strait Islanders and Papua New Guineans
Innovation in Arnhem Land: Archaeology and Donald Thomson's collection of spears and spearthrowers from northern Australia
Demand sharing and unsolicited giving: Addressing an apparent paradox with recent data from Arnhem land, north Australia
Constructing visible difference: towards an anthropological demography of Indigenous Australian populations
The "narcissism of minor differences": the appropriation of the other's difference by native title claimant groups in indigenous Australia.
Citizenship and Aboriginal differences: discrepancies between the sovereign and the relational self.