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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Plenary

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 1.71; 1.43; 1.44

Plenary Session 1 (Anthropological Solidarities: Lines of Division and Collaboration within Academia [Young Scholars’ Plenary])

Speakers

  • Dr. Amurabi OLIVEIRA (FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF SANTA CATARINA)
  • Dr. Mariya IVANCHEVA (UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL)
  • Dr. Dorota WORONIECKA-KRZYŻANOWSKA
  • Zofia BONI - CONVENOR (ADAM MICKIEWICZ UNIVERSITY)
  • Małgorzata KOWALSKA - CONVENOR (ADAM MICKIEWICZ UNIVERSITY)

Primary authors

Description

We have learned and we teach that people and cultures are no self-contained units, but rather “encounter-based collaborations” (Tsing 2015). But how does it really affect our fieldwork and writing? And how does it affect our lives and work as anthropologists? Since the beginning of anthropology there have been many power hierarchies ingrained in the discipline, which relate to gender, race, ethnicity and age politics, as well as to geographical locations and issues of access (to databases and libraries, to language and editing, to field sites and conferences etc.). These divisions in many ways challenge solidarities within anthropology. With this plenary, we want to ask to what extent can we apply the idea of solidarity and collaboration in practice today, when we observe the ever present power inequalities, exacerbated by growing commodification of scholarship and privatization of academic work? How can we deal with divisions embedded in how we teach and practice anthropology? Can our everyday practices undermine the hegemony of individualism and growth? What kinds of solidarities can we demand from ourselves and imagine for the future of the discipline?