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Collaborations and Confrontations during the Cold War and Into the Future 
Sergei Alymov (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences)
David Anderson (University of Aberdeen)
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Thursday 9 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Several "waves" of decolonizing have given us a vision in which the power hierarchies of centre/periphery, "local"/"global", would be flattenedd. It is time to take stock of our understanding of the various "national" traditions and the imagined future(s) of world anthropology.

Long Abstract:

Anthropologists have discussed the embeddedness of anthropology in Western colonialism for decades (Asad 1973, Kucklick 1993, Stocking 1991), giving us a vision of the future in which power hierarchies would be flattened or erased. Current work on "Cold War anthropology" may serve as a pertinent example (Price 2004, 2008, 2016; Wax, 2009). The concept is starkly USA-centred and rarely takes into account activity of scholars from rival camps. Conveners of this panel claim it is high time to take stock of our understanding of the nature of relations between various "national" traditions and how they shaped our future (Bošković, Hann 2013). This panel seeks contributions from anthropologists as well as historians of anthropology, which reflect on historical, political, and epistemological contexts (Stocking) of production of anthropological knowledge, including but not limited to those of the Cold War epoch. We are interested in accounts of both confrontations and collaborations of anthropologists from different national traditions and ideological "camps". We are especially interested in still poorly researched histories of collaborations between scholars of the second and third worlds in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. However, one should not collapse ideological and geographical space: leftist anthropologists in the West and "revisionists" in the East encountered similar issues in dealing with establishment. Another important line of research we look forward to deals with similarities and differences of decolonizing tendencies in the East and West and the role anthropologists play in them.

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Session 1 Thursday 9 June, 2022, -