P145
Brazilian anthropology: present and future (ABA panel)

Convenors:
Carmen Rial (Federal University of Santa Catarina)
Location:
301 A
Start time:
16 May, 2014 at 15:30
Session slots:
0

Short abstract:

By organizing this panel discussion, ABA would like to present what it is doing today, and indicate future trends in some of the fields of knowledge where Brazil’s diversified anthropology is inserted.

Long abstract:

For more than 50 years the Brazilian Anthropology Association has played a fundamental role in the success of Brazilian Anthropology and in the defense of threatened populations. The first years of the 21st century witnessed a great expansion of Anthropology in Brazil, especially in the realm of universities, where the number of campuses and departments has doubled. In parallel to this recent growth and the rising presence of anthropologist as an occupational category in government entities, Brazilian anthropology is facing political issues that emerge from the populations studied. Quilombolas, indigenous peoples, demands for environmental protection, land ownership rights and museum policies are subjects upon which anthropologists have been constantly called on to provide guidance. This raises a dual challenge for anthropologists in the country: to continue to produce high quality research and publications, while simultaneously maintaining a reflexive agenda that can contribute to public policy in the country. By organizing this panel discussion, ABA would like to present what it is doing today, and indicate future trends in some of the fields of knowledge where Brazil’s diversified anthropology is inserted.