P17
Anthropological relationships as appropriations and investments: ASA-sponsored panel in honour of Marilyn Strathern

Convenors:
Lisette Josephides (Queen's University Belfast)
Chair:
Lisette Josephides
Discussant:
Nigel Rapport
Location:
A
Start time:
9 December, 2008 at 10:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Marilyn Strathern's work intertwines several themes that are central concerns in anthropology and beyond. This panel will 'invest' in Strathern's work by probing what it has produced and what has produced it but also diverged from it, thus delineating a history of theoretical and ethnographic developments in anthropology and interdisciplinarity.

Long abstract:

Marilyn Strathern has said that she has little faith in genealogies. Rather, she imagines her own work as 'contextualized and recontextualized by others'. In this panel the contextualization will be done from several perspectives: vis-à-vis the studied people in the field, in relation to knowledge production and academia, and in relationships with fellow anthropologists - becoming, in Strathern's own words, something that carries forward under its own steam and looks ahead. The panel aims to honour Strathern with contributions from scholars who have worked with her, or on themes connected with her work, and developed aspects of anthropological or general scholarly theory touching on and extending her work. Strathern's work intertwines several themes that are central concerns in anthropology and beyond: the creation/production of gender and society, kinship and relatedness, persons and things, technology and personhood, the new reproductive technologies and bioethics, intellectual property rights, comparative issues of knowledge, interdisciplinarity, audit and accountability. The aim of the panel is not to review Strathern's work but to probe what her work has produced as well as what has produced it and then perhaps diverged from it; thus the papers will also delineate a history of theoretical and ethnographic developments in anthropology and interdisciplinarity. Taking Strathern's work as a point of departure, contributors will show how the inspiration taken from her is developing in different directions, sideways as well forwards. Strathern herself has argued that there is nothing lineal about the transmission of ideas. Knowledge exchange is about the creativity of relationships.