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Who is decolonization for now? This panel seeks to interrogate and clarify the means and ends of decolonization as it relates to research and education on race and ethnicity within European anthropology
In the Anthropology of Race and Ethnicity Network, we have been thinking intensely about the place and role decolonization plays in the anthropological enterprise. Through EASA Conferences and our network meetings, we have engaged in robust debate about the various features of this urgent scholarly concern, discussing what it entails when it comes to hiring practices, teaching, scholarly methodology, and realizing the challenges it poses and recognizing its various affordances. In this panel, we reframe the question of decolonization to signal an awareness of the increased use of the term, sometimes without serious critical reflection, to push the important impulses we believe it still carries. In that vein, we ask: who is decolonization for now? Critically reflecting on the horizons of European Anthropology, and asking for whom these horizons should exist, we invite discussions about the particularities of situated knowledge production by scholars, activists, and scholar-activists. We ask to what extent some of the problems addressed by critiques of anthropology in the past might still be troubling and still need to be troubled. Where is anthropological theory produced and for whom? We invite situated reflections on these questions based on research, praxis, and pedagogy: In which ways, to what ends, and by whom have discourses of decolonization been articulated? What have decolonial practices done, and not done? What does decolonization (re-)produce, enable, occlude, buttress, and de-limit? How do theorizations concerning race, ethnicity, and indigeneity work in relation to our non-academic interlocutors?