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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.21

Anthropology as a counter-culture: from 1960’s until today


  • Prof. Waldemar KULIGOWSKI

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Anthropology perceived as cultural critique has a long tradition. Its critical potential was revealed in, for example, the 1960s: on the one hand, it was an innovative formula of the American Indian Chicago Conference from 1961 developed by Sol Tax, on the other hand, the teach-ins idea “invented” by Marshall Sahlins. In 2016 in Poznań an Extraordinary Congress of Anthropologists was held under the slogan ""Against Discrimination,"" whose goals can also be described as counter-cultural. In the presentation, I would like to present these three events in the context of the question about the place of anthropology in public space. I am interested in a specific strategy of action, going beyond academic standards and its implementation. The key question concerns the effectiveness of anthropology as a counter-culture and as a medium of action for social solidarity.