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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
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Women in the History of Anthropology [Commission on Global Feminisms and Queer Politics]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 29 Aug 11:00 - 17:15


Room 3.44

Anthropology suffered in the 1960s an important shift. The approaches that were positioned as neutral or distant from the object studied, as well as those colonialist positions, came to live with engaged perspectives in which there was adhesion of the researcher with the struggles for justice and social transformation involving the movements studied. This turnaround was made possible, to a great extent, by the contribution of women to the discipline that, by theorizing subjectivity, agency and power constructed the conditions of this displacement. Women are present throughout the history of anthropology, despite the more widespread versions that make them invisible and that assume their contributions as less relevant. Nowadays, in spite of the various initiatives of Feminist Anthropology in refocusing anthropological thinking from the lens of gender and sexuality, the discipline still shapes itself as an androcentric dimension of reality. The anthropological canon recognizes few women and undergraduate and postgraduate courses have a predominantly male bibliography. Currently, in world anthropologies, women are the majority in associations. Even so, when speaking of “anthropological theory”, there is not enough recognition of the production of women. The open panel will allow the construction of a reflection on the impacts of feminism on the history of anthropology, as well as the recognition and appreciation of the contributions of women, indigenous, queer, trans, black and other subalternized groups. We desire to impact on the field's theoretical framework, expanding the participation of more symmetrical and decolonial reflections in the world anthropological canon.


  • P 43.1
    • Dr. Martins Fernandes, Felipe Bruno (Federal University of Bahia)
    • Dr. Rostagnol, Susana (Universidad de la República)
    • Dr. Grossi, Miriam Pillar (Federal University of Santa Catarina)
  • P 43.2
    • Dr. Martins Fernandes, Felipe Bruno (Federal University of Bahia)
    • Dr. Rostagnol, Susana (Universidad de la República)
    • Dr. Grossi, Miriam Pillar (Federal University of Santa Catarina)

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Based on the dossier “#mulherescompartido: resistances, struggles and achievements in Northeastern politics” of the journal Cadernos de Gênero e Diversidade (COSTA, FERNANDES, 2018), the presentation will focus on the participation of women in left-wing political parties during the 2018 Brazilian Elections, particularly in the negotiations of their candidatures. With the support of a large te ... More
Presented by Dr. Felipe Bruno MARTINS FERNANDES on 29/8/2019 at 15:50
There are few works in Mexican Anthropology that let us see the importance of women anthropologists (Odena and García Mora, 1988) and even fewer focused on the contributions of feminist anthropologists on the history of the discipline itself. In the last two decades, some authors started to recognize the labor of female and feminist anthropologists in Mexico (Sánchez and Goldsmith, 2000; Goldsmi ... More
Presented by Dr. Martha Patricia CASTAÑEDA-SALGADO on 29/8/2019 at 14:10
We propose the exercise of reflecting on the presence of women in the 18th IUAES World Congress, (61% of the participants and 90% of the organizing committee). We intend, from a feminist point of view, to think about how this participation provided new experiences and other ways of building and experiencing the event. The presentation is structured as a short documentary about the Brazilian experi ... More
Presented by Suzana Morelo VERGARA MARTINS COSTA on 29/8/2019 at 12:00
In this presentation, I examine how fat bodies have been framed in the history of feminism and anthropology, specifically looking at the fat acceptance movement in the USA, which has challenged the ideas of normality surrounding the body. The fat acceptance movement, which began in 1969 in the United States, is a social movement that strives to change institutional and social attitudes toward body ... More
Presented by Dr. Yoko IKARI on 29/8/2019 at 16:30
I will present my analysis of the biographies and creative production of Maria Czaplicka and Alicja Iwańska to show how these imaginative women from periphery managed to get some space in British and American academia, paying high prize for this. Both women deserve attention. Czaplicka for her theorizing about shamanism and gender, her expedition to Siberia in 1914-5, her travelogue, whic ... More
Presented by Dr. Grażyna KUBICA-HELLER on 29/8/2019 at 9:40
In this paper I will focus on the contents of the Feminist Anthropology course that I give with the collaboration of teaching team in the Social Anthropology Undergraduate degree at Buenos Aires University (UBA). It´s surprising the student´s reaction when they discover the existence of women anthropologists. Women, except for Margaret Mead or Ruthe Benedict, that have not been mentioned before. ... More
Presented by Dr. Mónica TARDUCCI on 29/8/2019 at 12:20
Zora Neale Hurston was an African-American anthropologist and writer who studied with Franz Boas in the 1930´s, developing ethnographies and fictions based on her personal experience and fieldwork with afro-american communities from USA. Despite her research as Franz Boas´s student, just like Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead, she did not get her place in the syllabus and anthropological reference ... More
Presented by Dr. Ana Gretel ECHAZÚ BOSCHEMEIER
In this presentation, I will clarify how childbirth/childcare is carried out among sexual minorities in Japan. In particular, I will report on the status quo based on the investigation so far on why a single lesbian or a lesbian couple want children, and how they become pregnant and give birth; on the other hand, why gays offer their sperm to lesbians, and why they want children. Based on the resu ... More
Presented by Dr. Akitomo SHINGAE on 29/8/2019 at 16:50
One of the greatest challenges that as feminist anthropologists we have to carry on is to make visible our genealogy. Most women are quite invisible in the official history of anthropology. Therefore, after thoroughly looking for women in the development of South American anthropology, I have started the work in a puzzle to bring them into the big picture. The paper is organized into four parts. T ... More
Presented by Dr. Susana ROSTAGNOL on 29/8/2019 at 11:20
Presented by Dr. Felipe Bruno Martins FERNANDES, Dr. Susana ROSTAGNOL, Dr. Miriam Pillar GROSSI, Lia Zanotta MACHADO - DISCUSSANT
This presentation analyses the scientific production from feminist and gender studies which has been developed into undergraduate and postgraduate thesis in physical anthropology at the National School of Anthropology and History, during 2007-2016. Feminist and gender studies captured in the ENAH’s thesis emerged in the sixties. The thesis in physical anthropology have included study groups o ... More
Presented by Dr. María Guadalupe HUACUZ ELÍAS on 29/8/2019 at 13:30
This paper will discuss the possibilities and consequences of including intimate partnerships in our reflections on the history of anthropology. “The wife of the anthropologist” is a common figure in footnotes, book acknowledgements and obituaries of ethnographers. Mentions of these women, however, vanishes when it comes to ethnographical descriptions, (auto) biographies, ethnographers archive ... More
Presented by Fernanda AZEREDO DE MORAES on 29/8/2019 at 11:00
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