Panel 3: Historicizing Anachronistic Motives

This panel is dedicated to studies focused on rediscovering the work of anthropologists whose place in disciplinary history is obscured by their ideas or praxis being connoted with surpassed paradigms, while surviving in new environments. From evolutionism and diffusionism at the height of structural-functionalism to “New Boasian” anthropology in anti-culturalist times, there is a vast anthropological literature revealing unexpected intellectual rhizomes grown from trees ‘cut down’ in earlier periods. The panel welcomes papers exploring the heuristic import of understudied cases of ‘anachronistic’ scholarship both within major traditions and world anthropologies, as well as case studies dedicated to institutions and contexts congenial to older, alternative views in face of hegemonic trends in national and/or international anthropology. By encapsulating anticanonical motives, these apparently defeated anthropologies challenge our understanding of historical contextualization, periodization, and time. The panel invites participants to reflect on this theme and the ways in which it may unsettle both the perception of anthropology’s past and the historiography of anthropology from a methodological and theoretical point of view.

Convenors: David Shankland (Royal Anthropological Institute; University College London), Christine Laurière (CNRS, UMR9022 Héritages), Frederico Delgado Rosa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, CRIA Centre for Research in Anthropology).

Monday, 4 December 2023

Session I [Watch here!] — Session II [Watch here!]

Who’s afraid of History: Why Haddon’s long fight with the academy makes sense today — Ciarán Walsh

Field work at the banks of the Pilcomayo River. The place of Erland Nordenskiöld in pre-Malinowski traditions of ethnography — Anne Gustavsson

Regresses in science: the question of race — Carlotta Santini

Frobenius’ Culture History in Australia: Dead Ends and New Insights — Richard Kuba

José Imbelloni and The Kulturhistorische Schule in Argentina: a Dyschronic Approach to Anachronistic Arguments — Axel Lazzari, Sergio Rodolfo Carrizo

Through the Speculum of the Psyche: Paul Radin at the Eranos “Tagungen” — Zsofia J Szoke

Anthropology, photography, and painting. Jean Gabus and Hans Erni in Mauritania, 1950-1951 — Serge Reubi

How Moscow did not become the world center of Marxist thought. Historian Luidmila V. Danilova, Soviet ethnography and international science in the 1960s — Sergei Alymov

From Sahlins to Lévy-Bruhl: Mutuality and Participation — Henri Wagner

Decolonisation: neither white nor black but hybrid, mixed-parentage. The case of Fernando Henriques, Jamaican anthropologist in UK academia — Jeremy Macclancy