Panel 5: Pushed out, excluded and forgotten? Recovering anthropologists, ethnologists, and folklorists for the history of our discipline

This panel centres on anthropologists, ethnologists, and folklorists who were marginalised or emigrated due to lack of freedom, oppression, and persecution in their home countries. Their biographies and oeuvre will be contextualised within the social and scientific politics of their times. Our emphasis will be on established academics as well as on doctoral students, young scholars, and academics who did not obtain employment in their discipline. What were the reasons for their marginalisation or persecution? To what extent did their approaches conform to the mainstream or how did they differ from it? Who gave up their profession? Who left or had to leave the country? In the case of exile, the path of emigration is also of interest and the degree to which the scholars were able to establish themselves in their new homeland, whether and to what extent their research interests and approaches changed, how their work was judged in their former and in the new homeland during their lifetime and in retrospect, to what extent (and in which way) they are still being remembered today? By looking at their biographies and their oeuvre and considering them as part of the history of anthropology, we want to confront this exclusion, which in some cases still persists at present. We very much welcome contributions that deal with marginalised ethnologists, anthropologists, and folklorists from different countries all over the world which give us an insight into their oeuvre.

Convenors: Katja Geisenhainer (Frobenius-Institut, Frankfurt and Universität Wien), Udo Mischek (University of Göttingen).

Tuesday, 5 December 2023

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

Gerardus Vossius: an Early Modern forerunner of religious anthropology — Michael Joalland

Memoirs serve as excellent types: C.R. Browne & the Ethnographical Survey of Ireland – An excluded ancestor and an invisible genealogy in the history of Anthropology — Edward McDonald

Was Frank Hamilton Cushing a Current Anthropologist? — Frédéric Saumade

The Life and Work of Vasyl Denysenko: An Anthropologist’s Mimicry during the Stalinist Repression from the 1930s to the 1950s — Vitalii Shchepanskyi

Disciplanary history, writing and the question to inclusion. The example of Ivar Paulson — Marleen Metslaid

“Does honour to your natural good sense as well as to your acquired knowledge”: The Marginalization of Colonial Ethnobotanist Maria Riddell and the Intersection of Race and Science in the British Caribbean — Angel Rojas

Don Eugenio? Discovering the figure of E. Frankowski — Anna Lesniewska

With British Passport to the G.D.R. Via Australia: Rehabilitating Frederick Rose´s contribution to anthropology — Petr Skalnik

“Pues fácil no fue–y tampoco lo es ahora- esta vida doble: la política y la científica” (1935). Paul Kirchhoff’s strife between academia and politics — Mechthild Rutsch

A questioned percursor: Fernando M. Miranda between archaeology, history and Americanist ethnology — Ezequiel Grisendi