Panel 9: Challenging Narratives and Frameworks of Knowledge in Histories of Anthropology

This panel brings scholars together to critically discuss consolidated narratives and frameworks in the histories of anthropology. It focuses on alternative ways of studying and interpreting anthropological knowledge production while also offering new readings of concepts and figures from the discipline. How have histories of anthropology been written? Which frameworks, categories, and people have they included or excluded? What perspectives and sources should be included in a new, more inclusive history of anthropology? Which actors and stakeholders? Is a transnational history of anthropology possible? What roles do cultural representation, power asymmetries and hierarchies play in scientific anthropological production? How can we reconsider the established narratives and what can we learn from the past as we confront the structural inequalities that influence our current knowledge production? The panel includes cases from different national traditions and world anthropologies.

Convenors: Robert Oppenheim (University of Texas at Austin), Grant Arndt (Iowa State University).

Tuesday, 5 December 2023

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

Charisma Revisited: Forgotten North American Inspirations and Theoretical Considerations — Dong Ju Kim

We have always been (trans-)national? Folklore historiography on trial, 1875–1905 — Frauke Ahrens, Christiane Schwab

Anthropological insights for understanding traditional culture and its relation to the past legacies and its interpretations of the present — Dorina Arapi

Governmental Practices in Mexico: Their Anthropological Theories and Scientific Paradigms — Julio Andrés Camarillo Quesada

When ‘culture’ meant ‘growing things’: Countering anachronistic interpretations of James Cowles Prichard’s pre-paradigmatic anthropology — Margaret Crump

Remembering and Re-Honouring Regina Gelana Twala and Ella Townsend — Shivangi Kaushik

Bridging the gap between economic anthropology and sociology of development: an overview of Hélène Legotien’s work at the SÉDÉS (1959–1975) — Lucie Rondeau du Noyer

‘The Letters of the ‘Red-Skinned Man’s White-Skinned Mother-In-Law’ and Native American Anthropology in Austria-Hungary at the Turn of the 19th and the 20th Century — Ildiko Kristof

Racial equality in early ethnological and anthropological institutions – two case studies in 19th century France — Antoine Leveque