W015
Diversifying anthropology: politics of research or research in politics?

Convenors:
Aleksandar Boskovic (University of Belgrade)
Location:
434
Start time:
28 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel will deal with issues arising from the politicisation of anthropology in various aspects, but with the special emphasis on its role in the contemporary world.

Long abstract:

While the experience of diversity ('other tribes, other scribes', as well as 'other people's anthropologies') is part of anthropology since its very beginnings, it is only recently that our colleagues began to contemplate the discipline's way of coping with practical political challenges of the world we live in. In this workshop, we shall explore some aspects of diverse strategies of applying anthropological research (as well as ethnography-based knowledge) to different areas of human life, as well as some of the responses that anthropology can offer to coping with increased complexities. These will include (but not be limited to) different kinds of political pressures (both within anthropology, and outside of it), anthropology and human rights, risk management, the role of 'applied anthropology,' etc.