Activist scholarship with Indigenous peoples in the global south
Sarah Holcombe (University of Queensland)
Suzi Hutchings (RMIT University)
Hans Baer (University of Melbourne)
Eucalyptus (S205), R.N Robertson Building
Wednesday 4 December, 9:00-10:45, 14:00-15:45

Short abstract:

Activist alliances between anthropologists and Indigenous peoples: methodologies, counter narratives and epistemic decolonisation in the global south.

Long abstract:

This panel is inspired by a recent edited volume on "activist alliances between anthropologists and Indigenous peoples" in Canada, Mexico and Australia, that the two convenors have contributed to. The volume sought to critically engage with not only how anthropology is produced, but how the geopolitics of knowledge shape knowledge hierarchies and knowledge production, whereby the global south continues to be the space for fieldwork and the global north the place for its systematization and theorization. Though Australia is geographically part of the global south, the dominant anthropological knowledge traditions have been transplanted here (US, British, and French traditions). We are keen to continue, and further develop, this conversation from within the global south, not only as the place we write from, but because the specificity of the Australian colonial project, and those of our neighbours, require their own forms of epistemic decolonisation. These dialogues, often from the margins, and the co-production of knowledge that they entail, may also involve making our knowledge intelligible to our Indigenous collaborators and friends, and in turn make it more responsive to the Indigenous knowledges engaged with. Though it is sometimes pejoratively termed 'public anthropology' or 'engaged anthropology', how does a contemporary anthropological ethic, balance scholarly rigour when mobilised into social justice interventions? Papers can consider particular methodologies that have established generative alliances, insurrectionary knowledge and forms of reciprocal ethnography with Indigenous peoples.