P22
Disciplinary dalliances and disciplinary transformations in an age of climate chaos

Convenors:
Chandana Mathur (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Andrew 'Mugsy' Spiegel (University of Cape Town)
Discussant:
Joint WCAA-IUAES Panel
Format:
Panels
Location:
British Museum - Anthropology Library
Start time:
28 May, 2016 at 11:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Climate effects cannot be combated without concerted global action. Further, alliances across disciplines are now being seen as necessary for such global action. The panel will investigate these emerging collaborative practices and their consequences for anthropological and other forms of knowledge.

Long abstract:

It is frequently noted that climate effects cannot be combated without concerted global action. Further, alliances across scholarly disciplines are increasingly regarded as necessary for effective action on a global scale. Climate research has begun to involve anthropology in a variety of new partnerships -- between social sciences and STEM sciences, between anthropology and other social science disciplines, new forms of collaboration between the different sub-fields of anthropology, new kinds of encounters between longstanding hegemonic anthropological tradition and anthropology from elsewhere. Needless to say, all of these partnerships are enmeshed within existing hierarchies of knowledge production and global systems of power. How have they worked out in practice? Are they producing the hoped-for insights or talking at cross purposes? Are they exacerbating disciplinary defensiveness or dissolving boundaries? This panel seeks to investigate these emerging collaborative practices and to open up a conversation about their consequences for anthropological as well as other forms of knowledge. This is a joint WCAA-IUAES panel.