This panel invites papers on authors, institutions and traditions relevant to the history of anthropology and ethnology, including museum and visual studies in the Global Era, taking off in the 18th century. The papers should derive from research undertaken within a history of science framework.
The history of anthropology is an expanding field in several European countries, relevant both to historians of science and practicing anthropologists. New accounts of the discipline's past are paying more attention to its diversities, whether within or beyond the major traditions of former colonial powers. Current ways of interconnectedness allow for more inclusive perceptions of anthropology, defined in the broadest sense to include ethnology, folklore studies and related disciplines. Prominent figures are being reappraised and forgotten ones revealed, without leaving aside the human dimensions of the anthropological encounter, the interlocutors in the field, and the communities concerned. Notwithstanding the critique of power asymmetries, alternative narratives are unfolding as older European or intercontinental dialogues are recovered with unpredicted results. This panel reflects the reviving of the History of Anthropology Network within EASA (HOAN) and the ongoing professionalisation of the field in Europe. It welcomes contributions that shed light on the archive's magnitude and anthropological significance, while focusing on the discipline's past as a world in motion.