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Living through the pandemic: anthropology in and on Africa II 
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 invites papers, in English and French, discussing how the pandemic affects the making of anthropology in and on Africa , with changes in how fieldwork and research are conducted and on topics of analysis, and in the interaction with societies in which anthropologists operate.

Long Abstract:

This panel asks how the pandemic has transformed anthropological practice in Africa and its global interconnectedness. The practice of anthropology in Africa continues to face processes of extraversion and marginalization, with geographical dependencies that are being challenged but also reworked in new ways.

One theme is on how the pandemic has affected Africa-based anthropologists, their access to networks and resources, and the very possibility of doing research and teach? How does it limit African researchers' opportunities for global networking, and is online communication replacing face-to-face networking? Are African universities supporting digital conference attendance, and how does this reshape knowledge production?

The making of anthropology on Africa from elsewhere is also changing, not only as a consequence of travel restrictions, but also through a disciplinary re-orientation that critiques extractivism and prioritises collaboration and equity. In which ways are international research projects, conferences and publication projects adapting to these transformations? And what is the impact of increased quantification of research outputs and impact?

The pandemic is showing how societies across the continent (and beyond) are creatively coping with the unprecedented emergency. This panel welcomes papers exploring how anthropologists working in and on the continent are coping creatively and negotiating existing institutional and disciplinary hegemonies.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -