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Doing and undoing decolonial anthropology. Geopolitics of knowledge and de-Westernization 
Diego Ballestero (Universität Bonn)
Erik Petschelies (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
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Thursday 18 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel seeks to decenter, decolonize, and de-Westernize decolonial anthropology by fostering collective reflection and understanding, mainly by the experiences and contributions of historically marginalized groups, such as indigenous peoples, women, BIPOC individuals, and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Long Abstract:

In recent years, Western anthropological practices have become increasingly dominated by the decolonial perspective. This transformation has manifested in a substantial body of specialized literature, research endeavors, seminars, conferences and political discourses. This shift has marked a significant theoretical reorientation within Western academic circles, prompting a critical examination of the historical and contemporary landscape of the discipline. Nevertheless, this perspective has often failed to address fundamental questions, particularly from the Global South, concerning the epistemological, ontological, and political underpinnings that legitimize Western anthropological methodologies.

Taking these considerations into account, the contributions of this panel encompass a broad spectrum of inquiries, including, but not limited to: Why does the upsurge of this perspective seem to be the only legitimate positioning to interrogate the history of our discipline, eclipsing knowledge and practical experiences of the Global South? What factors are driving the current surge in interest in the Western decolonial perspective? Who are those who dominate the discourse and who is their public? Which are the contributions of historically marginalized groups, such as indigenous peoples, women, BIPOC individuals, and LGBTQIA+ communities?

Through exploring these and other pertinent questions, we aim to contribute valuable insights for the decentering, decolonization, and de-Westernization of the prevailing epistemological hegemony within American and European academic spheres. Our objective is to generate a space for collective reflection where the knowledge and experiences of historically marginalized groups that maintained a critical vision of the postcolonial/decolonial turn converge, helping to do and undo decolonial anthropology.

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