No local debate, no global impact: German anthropology since the 1980s (and a bit before)
Dieter Haller (Ruhr Universität Bochum)
Paper short abstract:
My paper will look into the German situation (1960s-80s) and argue that the lack of German contribution to international anthropology is mainly rooted on poor debate on the specific conditions and results of knowledge production within Germany itself.
Paper long abstract:
Globalization processes may have created the conditions for the development of world anthropologies, but they have not done it the same way everywhere across the globe. National conditions are still not irrelevant to the production of knowledge - but these conditions are often not reflected and debated. Since the 1980s, the discipline in Germany has strongly absorbed and reflected Anglo and French theories, methodologies, debates and intellectual genealogies, but obviously not produced any genuine contribution to these fields that is of intellectual interest other world anthropologies. My paper will look into this situation and argue that it is mainly rooted in the lack of intellectual debate on the specific conditions and results of knowledge production within Germany itself which has prevented to uncover the (strong and weak) particularities of German anthropology to other anthropologies likewise.
Changing global flows of anthropological knowledge - a WCAA-EASA workshop