In this panel, former PhD students of Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern will take up the conference themes of mutuality and diversity by evoking and reflecting upon the multi-way traffic of inspiration that her scholarship has encouraged and generated.
The 10th EASA conference in 2008 presents a perfect opportunity to take stock of the large, diverse and influential body of research of Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern who, amongst many other things, has brought the concept of relationality to the height of anthropological attention. In this panel her former PhD students will take up the conference themes of mutuality and diversity by evoking and reflecting upon the multi-way traffic of inspiration that her scholarship has encouraged and generated. We will seek to elucidate scales of understanding and articulate the transfer of meanings and ideas that collaboration with and learning from her has enabled (perhaps in partial, unpredictable and unexpected ways). In so doing, the panel will explore more broadly the way in which anthropological knowledge is routed through inter-personal, mutual and diverse relationships. It will attend to relations, diversities and mutualities of social life, and will address the cooperative impulse in the production of knowledge in an era of demutualization. Our aim is to elaborate on the influence these relationships - and decisions on how to represent them - have for the organisation of anthropological knowledge in general.