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Living through the pandemic: anthropology in and on Africa I 
Daniele Cantini (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient)
Bouchra Sidi Hida (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA))
Amal Abdrabo (Alexandria University, Egypt)
David Mills (University of Oxford)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 02/011
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The panel brings together papers on how the pandemic has changed fieldwork and the making of anthropology in and of Africa.

Long Abstract:

This panel explores how the pandemic has transformed anthropological practice in a global Africa. The African discipline continues to face extraversion and marginalization, with geographical dependencies being reworked in new ways.

Papers will explore how the pandemic has affected Africa-based anthropologists, their access to disciplinary networks and resources, and the challenge of combining research and teaching. Has it limited or enabled opportunities for global networking, and is online communication - and conferencing - replacing face-to-face networking? How does this reshape knowledge production?

The making of anthropology on Africa from elsewhere is changing because of growing critiques of extractivism and academic coloniality. Are international research projects adapting to these challenges? And what is the impact of increased quantification of research outputs and impact?

The panel will bring together papers - in French and English -exploring how anthropologists working in and on the continent are creatively negotiating existing institutional and disciplinary hegemonies.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -