Contradictory values: reconciling self-determinism among the normative paradigms of contemporary Australia
Paul Chambers (University of Adelaide)
Luke Kimber (University of Adelaide)
Jaye Litherland-De Lara (University of Adelaide)
Aisha J. M. Sultan (University of Adelaide)
Hancock Library, room 2.22
Thursday 5 December, 9:00-10:45, 11:15-13:00

Short abstract:

This panel explores incompatible values in the local anthropological encounter. It invites papers that consider the complex and conflicting ways that principles, perceptions and pragmatism may not align.

Long abstract:

Anthropological fieldwork, either by design or accident, can bring to the fore the underlying and often conflicting values between researchers, institutions, normative opinions and the lived experiences of those we study and work with. Differing research aims and expectations, our ethical and moral responsibilities, and the values of our interlocutors can all produce research scenarios where maintaining a sense of integrity and obtaining accurate knowledge can suffer. Governmental attitudes to services such as primary and secondary education can be in direct contradiction with the aspirations of remote traditional communities. Different understandings of health and wellness can shape women's reproductive choices and affect the way they raise their families. Bureaucratic conceptions of creative labour may not resemble an artist's perceptions of meaningful work. This panel invites scholars to reflect on the multitude of ways that values can be in conflict in contemporary Australian societies and what implications this can have for us as researchers, our interlocutors and/or our research in general.