Time: November 8, 2011 from 10am to 5pm
Location: SOAS Main Campus
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: London Anthropology Forum
Latest Activity: Nov 4, 2011
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London Anthropology Forum
Being an Anthropologist in Academia and Beyond
When? Tuesday 8 November, 10:00-17:00,
Where? Room G2 on the main campus of the School of Oriental & African Studies
In inviting participants to think ethnographically about their working lives in the academy and beyond, the workshop aims to discuss the impact of emerging audit cultures, institutional conditions, and webs of power on the ways anthropologists work and produce knowledge. The idea of this workshop was first proposed at a London Anthropology Forum (LAF) meeting last summer. Some members aptly noted a curious situation within anthropological practice: whilst ethnographers have spent much time examining the agency/structure dialectic among their research subjects, they have rarely scrutinized their own position and power, whether as academics operating under the changing structures of higher education or as public anthropologists caught in the wider global political economy. Since at least the 1980s, anthropologists have persuasively critiqued the politics of fieldwork and representation, but they have largely ignored the actual circumstances and structures under which they write and work. Rather than providing definitive plans for future action, the workshop hopes to foster a platform for discussing how anthropologists see their own role and practice in an increasingly corporate-oriented world of knowledge making. Although abstract, philosophical ruminations are welcome, all participants are highly encouraged to share their lived, every-day narratives.
Session 1: 10:00-11:30 – The Changing Environment in Higher Education
Speakers: Academic Staff Richard Fardon, PhD Student Brendan Donegan, MA Student Juliette Howe followed by open discussion with participants invited to share their experiences
Chair: Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen
Session 2: 11:30-13:00 – Constraints and Opportunities: Disseminating Anthropological Knowledge
Speakers: Gustaaf Houtman and Caroline Osella, followed by open discussion
Chair: John Campbell
Session 3: 14:00-15:30 – Shifting Perceptions and Practices of Expertise: Anthropologists and Global Politics
Speakers: Jeremy Keenan and Kathryn Tomlinson (TBC), followed by open discussion
Session 4: 15:30-17:00 – Where do we go from here?
Open discussion to decide on a plan of action
Chair: David Marsden
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