Accepted paper:

Incorporating a New Generation of Indian Anthropologists


Reddisekhara Yalamala (Dalhousie University)

Paper abstract:

In this paper I briefly examine the potential of the anthropological imagination as it incorporates the newer generation of academics who were previously not well represented in the academy. India has also contributed more funding toward university education in the past several years and this has contributed to the expansion of Anthropology in India. While this is an exciting and positive innovation, there are still some problems such as the training received within Indian Anthropology being mainly based on materials produced outside of India. There is also a well established academic voice within the Indian academy that is not locally valued. I argue that the new generation of Anthropologists in India should seek to publish local textbooks that reflect the Indian reality more accurately and more funding should go toward assisting young scholars to publish their theses and other works to promote the Indian anthropological imagination more widely.

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