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Accepted Paper:

Some sorrows of a Croatian world anthropologist: trying to nurture the 'floating concept' amidst epistemicides of metropolitan provincialist's and croatian provincial cosmopolitanist's  
Sanja Špoljar Vržina (Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar)

Paper short abstract:

The IUAES inter-congress in Croatia, 2016 will probably raise up to expectations of addressing the theme of the World anthropologies. On the historical timeline of Croatian anthropology it will provoke the question of its place in the global academic arena of significant anthropological tasks.

Paper long abstract:

Croatian anthropology, which to many is a synonym of the 1988 IUAES Conference held in Zagreb was/is for a long time been stuck between the past (former Yugoslavia) and future representations from 'outside'. One concept of the future, predicted in a very thorough and benevolent synthesis (Bennett, 1998) had the aim to inform of one among Europe's developing anthropologies (Parman, 1998). The IUAES inter-congress in Croatia (2016), will probably raise up to post-conferential expectations of addressing the overall theme of the 'World anthropologies'. Yet somewhere between the hidden factography of the past and missinterpreted historical timeline of Croatian anthropology lies the sad fact of a not understanding ones place in the global academic arena of significant anthropological tasks. Such as fortifying the most important issues of critical stance anthropologies. To be able to do that Croatian anthropologist's should embrace a plethora of questions tied to colonialism, rather than concentrating upon the atomistic population divisions that postmodern stances nurture, even extending them into biological schemes. There is no escaping since this is tied to mainstream funding schemes. Escape from the honey-jar means jumping into a chronology of another unpleasant, yet moral kind. This has already been predicted by Fabian (2006) in his cautionary remark of the 'World anthropologies' in need of being a floating concept and not getting stuck in ill-defined concepts that might obfuscate our possibilities of developing a critique of the dominant hegemonic chronologies. For this we must consciously choose to not live as provincial metropolitanists and cosmopolitanists (Ribeiro&Escobar, 2006).

Panel P108
Traditions of anthropology, prospects for engagement: have 'World Anthropologies' tried to change the world? (WCAA-IUAES session)
  Session 1