Imaginative women: theoretical and methodological contributions of founding grandmothers of European anthropology
Laura Assmuth (University of Eastern Finland)
Marja-Liisa Honkasalo (University of Turku. Finland)
Pia Karlsson Minganti
Rowan Room 1
Start time:
27 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:


An important body of research by early generations of female anthropologists from around Europe remains very little known. The problem is threefold: due to their gender, many early female anthropologists faced serious difficulties and hindrances in their academic careers and publishing in their home countries; and second, the language barrier effectively closed doors from international renown to non-English language authors. Third, anthropology as an academic discipline did not exist in many European countries before 1970's, and several women faced extraordinary problems with their attempts to establish or to entry to the new field of inquiry.The body of work of such authors as Clara Gallini, Hilma Granqvist, Marja-Liisa Swantz and many others has therefore unfortunately remained on the sidelines of modern anthropology. Our workshop proposes to shed light on the theoretical and methodological contributions of early women anthropologists by inviting papers that deal with one or more aspects of the following: - career difficulties, sidelining, silencing - resilience, strategies - differences between generations - national differences - biographical aspects - intertwining of the personal and academic: double burden - methodological nationalism We especially encourage papers based on interviews with founding grandmothers of anthropology who are still alive.