IW02
Writing anthropology: genres and cultural translation

Convenors:
Dorle Dracklé (University of Bremen)
Helena Wulff (Stockholm University)
Stream:
Invited workshops
Location:
Wills G32
Start time:
20 September, 2006 at 17:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This workshop features presentations on anthropological writing genres (Wulff) and creative writing on cultural translation (Dracklé) with opportunities to practice writing, although this is not an obligatory part of attendance.

Long abstract:

Writing is integral to anthropology. We spend a lot of time writing, in different styles and genres. Academic/scholarly writing is obviously the most widespread genre anthropologists must master. Writing grant applications is a somewhat different genre. Faced with growing demand, many anthropologists also acquire skills in writing reports commissioned by development and policy agencies, municipalities, etc. And there is the popular/journalistic genre which some anthropologists learn to pursue parallel to academic endeavours. Yet other anthropologists write fiction inspired by ethnography. The first part of this workshop will present critical papers on writing anthropology in relation to one or more of these different genres. Contributors will discuss teaching and learning how to write, the writing process, topics and genres, form and content, and circumstances that shape anthropologists as writers: research interests, departmental milieux and different generations and traditions in European anthropology. The second part of the workshop is a creative writing workshop focusing on cultural translation with opportunities to practice writing, although this is not an obligatory part of attendance.