The panel invites papers that interrogate the current obssession among anthropologists with "neo-liberalism" and how it relates to other forms of counterpoint culture produced by earlier anthropologies.
"Neo-liberalism" has become a widely unifying symbol streamlining much of the contemporary discourse produced by anthropologists. The panel invites papers that interrogate this current fashion and how it relates to other forms of counterpoint culture produced by earlier anthropologies. Paper presenters are requested to critically reassess the social logics of anthropological writing and its power to produce metaphors and allegories, through which to think about contemporary social life and the human condition at large. What values and visions of the world do anthropologists associate with "neo-liberalism"? Has anthropology become a field merely producing what Mary Pratt called anti-conquest narratives? Has the performance of counter-point culture become the raison d'être of the discipline? If anthropology continues to evolve within modern culture, what does its obsession with "neoliberalism" tell us about modern culture at large?