A03
Entangled engagements: anthropology's holistic approach to the Global Challenges

Convenors:
Elizabeth Rahman (University of Oxford)
Laura Rival (University of Oxford)
Stream:
Displacements of Power
Location:
Julian Study Centre 0.01
Sessions:
Thursday 5 September, 9:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30

Short abstract:

The ethnographic method provides manifold insights into how divergent areas of life converge and anthropology can holistically integrate the 2030 SDGs. Challenging the perception of a less-than-human nature, we foreground the discipline's role in sustaining global socio-environmental diversity.

Long abstract:

Participant-observation and the ethnographic method provide manifold insights into how divergent areas of life converge; and often unexpectedly influence one another. Equally, an entangled anthropological analysis destabilizes an isolated understanding of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Facilitating an anthropologically-inspired, socio-environmentally diverse model of the "sustainable and desirable economy-in-society-in-nature", this panel invites participants to reflect on how anthropology can support holistic societal transitions. We challenge the perception of a less-than-human nature and seek contributions that are able to convey entanglement, either through an ethnographically attuned understanding of complexity or through the development of a pedagogical method that communicates ontoepistemolgically-challenging insights, or both. We urge contributors to develop a communication strategy that collaboratively engages other disciplines or practitioners, project-leaders and policy-makers, to forward an anthropological understanding of the world that gives voice to all our fine-grained nuances. With anthropology capable of holistically integrating the 2030 SDG, we seek to foreground the discipline's role in sustaining the global socio-environmental diversity on which life depends.