Kampus UAM Morasko, Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 7 street, 61-614 Poznań, Poland -
Plenary Session 1 (Anthropological Solidarities: Lines of Division and Collaboration within Academia [Young Scholars’ Plenary])
- Dr. Amurabi OLIVEIRA (FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF SANTA CATARINA)
- Dr. Mariya IVANCHEVA (UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL)
- Dr. Dorota WORONIECKA-KRZYŻANOWSKA (UNIVERSITY OF ŁÓDŹ)
- Zofia BONI - CONVENOR (ADAM MICKIEWICZ UNIVERSITY)
- Małgorzata KOWALSKA - CONVENOR (ADAM MICKIEWICZ UNIVERSITY)
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?