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This panel explores theoretical and methodological questions related to scholar-activism. For this panel we invite papers that explore these and other questions around activist anthropology and/as scholar-activism through case studies rooted in engaged/activist research.
This panel explores theoretical and methodological issues related to activist anthropology and/as scholar-activism in the context of climate change and neoliberal globalisation, in which questions about how anthropology can contribute to social change become more urgent. Activist anthropology involves developing research projects while working with research participants, allowing them to participate in the production of knowledge which will contribute to not only understanding the issues they face, but also to the social change they envision. The combination of scholarly work with activist and political engagement raises a number of questions related to the relationship between public, activist, "engaged," and decolonial approaches to anthropology, but also about more ethical and practical questions such as: How to combine participating in a movement, while at the same time studying it? How to gain room for manoeuvre for doing activist anthropology in the context of the neoliberal university? How to actually contribute to social change: by bearing witness, by reporting on political processes, or otherwise? How to deal with diverging expectations of being a 'good' activist and an 'excellent' scholar? How to overcome the divide between science and activism through co-production of knowledge? For this panel we invite papers that explore these and other questions around activist anthropology and/as scholar-activism through case studies rooted in engaged/activist ethnographic research. The aim of the workshop is to discuss, exchange and deepen ideas about doing activist anthropology as scholar-activism as a preparation for later publication in a special issue.