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Doing and centering anthropology in the Global South 
Bhargabi Das (Shiv Nadar University, Delhi)
Nasrin Khandoker (University College Cork)
Mahmudul Hasan Sumon (Jahangirnagar University)
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Nasrin Khandoker (University College Cork)
Bhargabi Das (Shiv Nadar University, Delhi)
Sneha Roy (University of Edinburgh)
Friday 26 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

With the new wave of decolonising the curriculum movement, we want to understand forms of colonial knowledge negotiated by anthropologists of global south. This panel wishes to center scholarships produced by anthropology's ‘Other’ in an effort to decolonise knowledge produced within anthropology.

Long Abstract:

The call for decolonisation in academia is not new. It has been foregrounded throughout the 1990s and 2000s in various academic discourses, including anthropology. Yet, it is still being determined what outcome this debate has brought into the global South, where anthropology as a discipline still exists in various institutions and seats of knowledge production and universities. As anthropologists and academics positioned in the global South, this question besets all of us who teach anthropology in universities.

Postcolonial critiques in anthropology raised questions regarding the colonial entanglement and bases of anthropology. With the critique from subaltern studies, documenting voices from the margin influenced the disciplinary approach of Anthropology of South Asia. However, the postcolonial and subaltern studies often ignore the continuum of colonial knowledge with many other forms of dominant discourses that emerged with nationalism in the global South. Such a continuum then justified the emergence of fascist nationalism in South Asia. This panel aims to look at that continuum and locate the excluded 'Other' within the discourse of postcolonialism.

The questions we wish to ask in the panel, but are not limited to, are:

1. What does it mean to be an anthropologist of/from the 'Other cultures'?

2. How do anthropologists in the global South navigate between the colonial canon of anthropology and local participants?

3. What does our positionality contribute to the anthropology of the global North and its decolonisation process?

4. What is the future of decolonising anthropology in the global South?

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Session 1 Friday 26 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Friday 26 July, 2024, -