P059
Topics in the social history of anthropology, in Europe and elsewhere (Europeanist Network)

Convenors:
David Shankland (Royal Anthropological Institute)
Andrés Barrera-González (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Format:
Panels
Location:
S-233
Start time:
1 August, 2014 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel invites papers on a wide range of topics, authors and institutions relevant to the history of anthropology; including topics in the field of visual anthropology. The papers should preferably derive from studies and research carried out within a sociology and history of science framework.

Long abstract:

Although there are a number of authors, like Henrika Kuklick and Thomas Patterson, who have contributed significantly to a history of anthropology which is situated within the framework of the sociology and history of science, there is still a long way to go in this regard. Besides, a more comprehensive account of the discipline's development is called for; which would reach beyond the more prominent figures in the field, associated with the central and hegemonic schools. Moreover, means and tools for doing anthropology other than the textual should be taken into account. Thus contributions to the advancement of anthropological knowledge made by the use of unconventional means such as ethnographic film or photography are worth considering. This panel makes an invitation to present and discuss studies on topics in all relevant dimensions of a comprehensive history of anthropology. Papers are welcome which deal with authors, institutions and national traditions in theory and practice the importance of which may have been neglected or downplayed, because of its peripheral character or due to its belonging outside the academic boundaries of the profession; studies about a wider range of practitioners of ethnography and anthropology, which incorporate a sociological or philosophical point of view by situating theory and practice in their particular spatial, social and political contexts.