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World, Periphery, Center: Dialogues and Transformations in Anthropology [Europeanist Network/EuroNet] 
Hande Birkalan-Gedik (Goethe Universität)
Fabiana Dimpflmeier ('Gabriele d'Annunzio' University of Chieti-Pescara)
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Fabiana Dimpflmeier ('Gabriele d'Annunzio' University of Chieti-Pescara)
Ulf Hannerz (Stockholm University)
Great Hall
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

There has been too much weight on the center-periphery positions although anthropological theory has been about hybridity, provincial thinking, and vernacular traditions. We challenge the center-periphery model vis a vis the transformations within anthropology on the world, periphery, and center.

Long Abstract:

The anthropologies of the less-mapped traditions introduced new ways to think about anthropological locations, which were once defined as four-ways (Barth et al. 2005). Scholars from "non-Western" traditions—commonly called "national" anthropologies (Gerholm/Hannerz 1982) and "other" anthropologies (Bošković 2010)—ushered several critical questions. In this panel, we will critically revisit the earlier accounts, question their models, and focus on the transformations within and among the so-called peripheries. We argue that there has been too much weight on the center-periphery positions so far; and that anthropological theory production has been indeed about hybridity, provincial thinking (Chakrabarty 2007), and vernacular anthropologies. The center versus periphery model and various other versions of colonial authority versus the colonized continue to pose and reproduce knowledge hierarchies, letting national traditions speak from/to the European and North American perspectives. How can we challenge the center-periphery model in the face of other transformations within anthropology? What about the capitalist system which enables hegemony to escalate as a part of the global academic system? How about the multiple relations within and beyond several peripheries? At the least, the new generation of anthropologists have been producing anthropological knowledge, questioning the de-limitability of self-other-halfie, thus challenging this model. What hopes and thoughts can we present to overcome this defect in thinking about anthropology and the world, periphery, center in the future of anthropology? In this panel our ambition is not to provide definite answers but to widen our perspectives on the past, present, and the future of anthropology.

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Session 1 Tuesday 26 July, 2022, -