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Anthropology, Human Rights, and Indigenous Peoples: Interdisciplinary Approaches and Advances 
Lars Tov Soeftestad (Supras Limited)
Carola Lingaas (VID Specialized University)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 01/020
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Anthropology engages with and impacts indigenous peoples globally. Their relationship with anthropology is changing because of several variables, notably human rights and inter-disciplinary work. The panel takes stock of these developments. It argues for reestablishment of a former EASA network.

Long Abstract:

Anthropology has a long history of engaging with other cultures, and rightly so. This contact and interaction take place for different purposes. Two key aspects: (a) traditional fieldwork written up in theses, scholarly papers, and monographs, and (b) applied work to impact and change societies.

The panel addresses how anthropology and anthropologists interact with traditional, small-scale societies along two interconnected parameters: (a) the cultures in question are indigenous, and (b) the focus and rationale are applied, either in connection with development projects (typically involving public and civil society) or investment operations (typically involving private sector). Overarching all of this is a concern with human rights.

Anthropology has come a long way since the work of our founding fathers. Beginning in academia, we have embraced public sector, civil society, and private sector. We have moved into international, regional, national, and local development organizations, including in the South. Not the least, anthropology departments in countries in the South increasingly train new generations of anthropologists.

The panel takes stock of these developments, and assess how anthropology has changed in how it works with human rights and indigenous peoples. There is a focus on the relations between anthropology and the society at large, on cross-cultural interactions, and on interdisciplinary approaches, including the legal profession (proposals from legal scholars working in the UN are being solicited).

Finally, the panel contributes to re-establishment of an EASA network on human rights and indigenous peoples, originally founded in 1992 (details:

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Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -