This panel examines how globalization reconfigures anthropological knowledge. It will highlight different locations in which anthropologists work within the global system of knowledge production, and consider how to promote horizontal and heteroglossic conversation among anthropologists.
In the last couple of decades, globalization processes have created the conditions for the development of world anthropologies, that is, a) of theoretical and political perspectives that are more aware of the epistemological, sociological and cultural constraints of anthropological production; and b) of a transnational and heteroglossic community of anthropologists. Changes in anthropological theory will now depend more on the heterodox exchanges among anthropologists located in different loci of the world system of knowledge production than on changes of the positions of native populations within national and world systems of power. This panel will discuss these perspectives from different "national" angles. It will also consider which initiatives may be carried out to foster more horizontal and heteroglossic exchanges in world anthropologies.