This session celebrates Kirsten Hastrup's career in anthropology on the occasion of her retirement from her position as Professor at the University of Copenhagen. We invite scholars to engage with different sides and currents of Kirsten Hastrup's work, using examples from their own research.
Kirsten Hastrup is a central figure in the development of Danish, Scandinavian and European anthropology, and in the creation of a space for anthropological thought in the sciences more broadly. She is a prolific writer. Her long term engagement with ethnographic research and comprehensive theoretical interests have led her to publish on themes as diverse as action, theatre, knowledge, science; human rights, waterworlds and climate change.
Central in her work is the continuous engagement with natural and social histories, and their conjunction in especially Iceland and Northwest Greenland. Using anthropology as lens to make the world we live in visible and tangible in new ways, she is frequently concerned with the moments in which everything suddenly shifts and becomes visible; on an Icelandic hillside clutching a sheep surrounded by Huldufólk, in a collaborative scientific endeavour, or when sea ice becomes an argument. Such moments reflect her approach to fieldwork in which she allows those moments to emerge, and seeks to discover not only the world but also the impulses through which we can begin to know about it.
We invite scholars to engage with different sides of Hastrup's work. Possible themes include:
-The edges and distinctions of regional and theoretical landscapes.
-Comparisons between or across fields, histories, moments.
-Empirical or theoretical encounters and inspirations, and the way these interweave.
-Moods, modes, temperaments in fieldwork and in writing.
-Events, moments, temporalities of discovery and anthropological knowledge-making.
-The stance of the anthropologist and the place of/for anthropology in the contemporary world.