What traps do: ethnographic captivations and anthropological captures, and viceversa
Alberto Corsin Jimenez
(Spanish National Research Council (CSIC))
Rane Willerslev (Ethnographic Collections, Moesgaard Museum)
Paper short abstract:
In playful engagement with proposals for developing "an anthropological concept of the concept", the paper develops an alternative project for an "anthropological trap of the concept".
Paper long abstract:
In playful engagement with proposals for developing "an anthropological concept of the concept", this paper outlines an "anthropological trap of the concept" where the work of anthropology is seen as both an operation of capture (of ethnography, of relations, of concepts) and of captivation and liberation (of yet more relations, more entrapments, more anthropology). We offer the trap as a playful subversion and displacement - grounded, material, ecological, dangerous and seductive - of contemporary interest in how things (human and nonhuman) think. The trap is the first and the ultimate anthropology of itself.