W071
World Anthropologies Network: transforming the terms of the conversation

Convenors:
Aleksandar Boskovic (University of Belgrade)
Juan Ricardo Aparicio (Universidad de los Andes, Colomia)
Location:
Victoria Recital
Start time:
19 September, 2006 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This workshop, at the initiative of scholars from several countries working on the project of World Anthropologies Network (WAN), is intended as a conversation about the encounters taking place between anthropological knowledges from multiple geographies and locations.

Long abstract:

This workshop, at the initiative of scholars from several countries working on the project of World Anthropologies Network (WAN), is intended as a conversation about the encounters taking place between anthropological knowledges from multiple geographies and locations. Conceived as a strategic node of the wider efforts of this network, we hope that this event will constitute a dialogic space for discussing 'anthropology' in its relation to a multiplicity of world-making processes and events. The workshop invites potential participants to contribute to the development of a plural landscape of world anthropologies that is both less shaped by metropolitan hegemonies and more open to the heteroglossic potential of unfolding globalisation processes. In this workshop we will focus on how the current struggles and transformations shaping universities and other sites of knowledge production worldwide are challenging the practices of anthropologists as well as their methodological and theoretical preoccupations. Relevant questions here are: What does it mean for practitioners from former colonies to do anthropology in northern/metropolitan institutions? How does the particular history of the subject in one's country shape the way anthropology is practised? In addition, we will interrogate the geopolitics of knowledge underlying relations between multiple anthropological traditions, the micropractices of the anthropological enterprise and the praxis of the discipline in the wider set of global processes that shape the everyday activity of social life. Lastly, we propose to discuss the understanding of the trajectories through which anthropology will be developing in the years and decades to come.