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Interfering in our discipline: working with individual anthropologists’ written and audiovisual legacies 
Ingrid Kummels (Freie Universität Berlin)
Rocío Barreto (Pontificia Universidad Catolica Del Peru)
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Friday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

The roundtable discusses the potential of the legacies of individual anthropologists and their data collections for reassembling anthropology’s history. It examines how repatriating fieldwork materials to Indigenous communities in Latin America drives collaborative anthropology in new directions.

Long Abstract:

For different reasons the scholars participating in this roundtable currently review the legacies of individual anthropologists (from Europe and the Americas) who kept a collection of field notes, pocket diaries, transcriptions and translation manuscripts, audio recordings, photographs and films dating from the 1950s through the 1980s. In the past, their documentation methods and the ethnographic data they collected concerned the verbal, performative and visual arts of Indigenous peoples of Latin America, like their transmission of knowledge via discourses, myths, songs, dances and material culture. The reasons for engaging with these collections in the present are diverse: They include efforts to “return” these fieldwork materials to the communities where they were once generated and/or endeavors to produce photographic expositions and documentary or feature films collaboratively (see for example Jaarsma 2002; López Caballero 2020, 2022; Müller 2021; Zeitlyn 2022; Barreto et al. 2023; Lewy and Brabec de Mori 2023).

Due to these present research activities, field notes and the other written and audiovisual materials of the past become sites of anthropological intervention today. Together we will discuss the initiatives that have been launched in view of innovative collaborative work concerning such legacies and their current uses. How does the work with these legacies allow for both reassembling the stories of these individual collections and anthropology’s history while driving present work with different Indigenous communities in Latin America in new directions?

Keywords: anthropologists’ fieldwork materials, Indigenous communities’ legacies, archives, repatriation of audiovisual recordings, collaborative anthropology

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Session 1 Friday 26 July, 2024, -