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The panel will assess the strengths and weaknesses of collaborative research as an outlook and a set of diverse practices in anthropology. We will explore the potential and the limits of collaboration, what it can and cannot deliver for the world and for the discipline.
Collaboration, the process through which anthropologists and locals interlocutors share in the design, implementation and dissemination of research, is currently emerging strongly as a transformative drive in anthropology. Across the humanities and social sciences, collaborative research aims to make academic work accountable and relevant to the communities under study, enhancing its importance and impact. And yet, collaboration is not without its challenges and pitfalls. Our aim is to assess critically the strengths and weaknesses of collaboration both as an outlook and a set of diverse practices. We will explore the potential and the limits of collaboration, what it can and cannot deliver for the world and for anthropology. We will debate the place of collaborative research in the future of the discipline, exploring what collaborative entanglements reveal about the conflicting responsibilities of anthropologists. Specifically, we are looking for contributions that investigate critically the assumption that collaborative work is a more accountable and egalitarian way of knowing and representing the Other. We seek to examine the personal, disciplinary and institutional constraints and expectations that shape and limit collaborative work. Lastly, we look for contributions that assess the status of the various kinds of outputs that collaborative work produces, and their relevances and uses. Both textual and non-textual contributions are welcome.