This panel explores the ways in which subordinated anthropological traditions in multiple world historical contexts engage with issues of power.
This panel has been jointly organised by the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) and the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES). Have 'world anthropologies' tried to change the world? Often working among enormously disempowered populations, and eclipsed both by more dominant social science disciplines as well as the dominant mainstream of our own discipline, have subordinated anthropological traditions tended to reckon with questions of power? This session will foster a discussion of the distinctive ways in which anthropologies of engagement have been practised in a variety of global contexts. Themes explored in this session include the forms of resistance (and also accommodation) of multiple anthropological traditions to state power, to the imperatives imposed by capital accumulation, to right-wing religion, to ecological destruction, and other obstacles to human well-being and social/economic/environmental justice. How have different anthropological traditions historically interacted with decolonisation movements or with apparatuses of state, empire and capital? What is the present state of affairs and what are the future prospects for subordinated anthropologies' engagement with the burning issues of our times?