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Re-doing anthropological futures from multiple histories: towards pluriversal anthropologies 
Lydia Maria Arantes (University of Graz)
Michele Feder-Nadoff (El Colegio de Michoacán)
Caroline Gatt (University of Graz)
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Santiago Orrego
Thursday 18 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

We invite papers that foreground diverse anthropological histories, knowledge-making practices and knowledge bearers from beyond the canon, in order to re-do anthropological practice toward future pluriversal anthropologies.

Long Abstract:

‘Anthropology’ is often spoken of as a singular homogenous discipline. However, this is the point of view from ‘dominant anthropologies’ which neglect alternative histories and practices of anthropology (Escobar and Restrepo 2005). In this panel we suggest not to speak of a single anthropology, that we undo or redo, but plural anthropologies that embrace multiplicities of histories, memories, lifeworlds and research methods.

This could be done by taking seriously foundational work by Black and Indigenous anthropologists, anthropologists from outwith colonial metropoles (e.g., from India, Eastern Europe, South America) and scholarship that is currently still unrecognised as such e.g., craftwork (Arantes 2017), making (Feder-Nadoff 2017, 2023), and performance (Ang and Gatt 2017).

Inherently tied to this endeavour is the question of how we do anthropology. The current orthopraxy of dominant anthropologies embodies and perpetrates epistemic colonialism, casting non-hegemonic ways of knowing as ‘not properly academic’ (Gatt and Lembo 2022). Indeed, universities participate in the universalising project of coloniality by perpetuating the understanding of knowledge as an abstractable ‘good’ (Robinson 2020). Alternative notions include the pluriverse (Escobar 2018), or pluriversities (Mbembe 2015), in which the world and knowledge are understood as being constituted by a multiplicity of ways of knowing/being/making, hence pluriversal anthropologies.

We invite papers that draw on anthropological histories that foreground anthropologists, knowledge-making practices and knowledge bearers from outwith dominant anthropologies and based on these develop more diverse and inclusive imaginaries and ways to re-do anthropological practice toward future pluriversal anthropologies.

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -