This panel explores the link between Anthropology and epistemological violence. It will examine the discipline's capacity to engage diverse ways of knowing, articulating a reflexive and epistemologically open agenda as the future of knowledge production.
Epistemological violence is both a part of Anthropology, and also what Anthropology seeks to deconstruct. According to Teo (2010:295) "the concept is closer to personal than to structural violence in that it has a subject, an object, and an action, even if the violence is indirect and nonphysical: the subject of violence is the researcher, the object is the Other, and the action is the interpretation of data that is presented as knowledge". In this panel, the anthropologist is called upon to reflexively engage with the 'types' of knowledge that the discipline produces and perceives, on matters of kinship and relating, place and space, power, justice and injustice. Anthropology's products may intervene in the violence of everyday life as it is lived by marginalised or oppressed groups, or it may contribute to the hardships experienced by such groups, through the production of knowledge that shadows knowledges otherwise in existence. Either way, it has a role to play. This panel will seek to examine the nature of this role, addressing epistemological violence as it may be perpetuated or deconstructed by the discipline of Anthropology. Panelists will use ethnographically informed case studies to highlight the ways in which knowledges otherwise come to the fore through an Anthropological mode that is reflexively and critically self-aware. To what service the discipline is directed is key in thinking about the future of Anthropology and the disciplinary history that so uniquely and critically allows for its intervention in epistemological violence and othering.