P75
Postcolonial perspectives on the Enlightenment and ethics (World Council of Anthropological Associations Ethics Taskforce)

Convenors:
Raminder Kaur (University of Sussex)
Soumendra Patnaik (University of Delhi)
Location:
Chrystal Macmillan Building, Seminar Room 4
Start time:
20 June, 2014 at 11:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The panel considers the contradictory tensions, effects and/or resolutions of the 'light 'and 'dark' strands of 'Enlightenment missions'. We ask how ethical discourses manifest themselves in articulation with specific cultures, politics and intellectual traditions.

Long abstract:

Much has been written about the spread of Enlightenment ideas across the world. This panel considers the legacies of Enlightenment ideas, or what Arjun Appadurai has described as 'ideoscapes', around the notion of ethics from the perspective of its former colonies. Whilst colonialism spread with a quest for 'civilising the native' in tandem with ideals of justice, equality, human rights and democracy, indigenous views were either derided or discouraged. We ask panellists to consider the contradictory tensions, effects and/or resolutions of the 'light 'and 'dark' strands of 'Enlightenment missions' from historical perspectives and/or with reference to contemporary case studies as they arise with reference to ethnographic praxis, development politics, international aid and/or transnational governance. We ask how do ethical discourses manifest themselves in articulation with specific cultures, politics and intellectual traditions.