Ethnographic theory Digest 2018 vol. 1

Scott and Sonja—we love to talk about us in the third person—are very pleased to receive your support as new co-convenors of the NET.

Together, we want to become a central and reliable node in the exchange and circulation of literature, events and other information regarding critical reflections about anthropological knowledge production in ethnographic fieldwork, writing, publishing, and teaching. Of course, we will organize EASA panels and we also plan an open workshop next year. We will circulate regular digests via our mailing list, but we also extend the Network’s blog as a space for guest posts and guest mini-reading lists. Stay tuned for the first contribution coming up soon!

Now, we see this endeavor as a collaborative project. So, we would challenge you: Participate!

In our email list: circulate whatever you think might be of interest, readings, CfP’s, job offers! On our blog: comment on our entries and share them in your networks!

Even beyond this, we welcome any of your ideas and initiatives that foster our collective thinking.

Please also join our new Facebook Group: EASA NET Facebook, and follow and exchange with us on Twitter (@ethnotheory).

For our first monthly digest, we are happy to share with you some recent readings, job offers and other food for thought we thought might find your interest.

/ Monographs and Articles:

  1. To enhance our reflections on the “forms and notions of collective disciplinary identity shape the way we think, write, and do anthropology”, check out this recent collective volume edited by Chua and Mathur (2018). “Who Are ‘We’? Reimagining Alterity and Affinity in Anthropology”. https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/ChuaWho
  2. John Borneman (2014) makes us think about the connection between emotion and thought in the fieldwork encounter. https://doi.org/10.1177/1463499614539790.
  3. On the boundaries and differences between theory and ethnography, see Paolo Heywood’s (2018) recent contribution. “Making Difference: Queer Activism and Anthropological Theory.” Current Anthropology 59 (3): 314–31. https://doi.org/10.1086/697946.                                                                                                                       For in depth reading, look at his monograph which is fresh out of the press: Heywood, Paolo. 2018. After Difference: Queer Activism in Italy and Anthropological Theory. WYSE Series in Social Anthropology. Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books.
  4. This Focaal special issue edited by Dzenova and De Genova (2018) brings some food for thought on how to critically engage with the political through scholarship. https://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/focaal/2018/80/focaal.2018.issue-80.xml
  5. Finally, some insights on ethnographic knowledge production from the Balkans by Čarna Brković (2017) http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1463499617741063

/ Blog posts

  1. There you go with an exiting recent Hot Spot Series with sixteen contributions on “anthropology and its possible futures, given the power dynamics of racism, elitism, sexism, and violence within the field historically and continuing into the present” on Cultural Anthropology https://culanth.org/fieldsights/1525-from-reciprocity-to-relationality-anthropological-possibilities
  2. We were inspired by Andrew Mathews’ (2018) partial descriptions of the anthroposcene in the context of Italian forests’ ontologies https://doi.org/10.14506/ca33.3.05
  3. Thinking about the partiality of knowledge, Cultural Anthropology has an inspiring collection of essays on ethnographic refusal (2016): https://culanth.org/articles/817-theorizing-refusal-an-introduction                                                                                     See in particular Audra Simpson’s thoughts on ethnographic refusal and politics of writing in the context of what she calls “the settler colonial present” https://culanth.org/articles/818-consent-s-revenge
  4. Allegra’s thematic week proposes some thoughtfully ethnographic reflections on displacement and new sociabilities curated by Heike Drotbohm and Annika Lems (2018) http://allegralaboratory.net/category/thematic-threads/displacement/
  5. Sindre Bangstad interviewed Lila Abu-Lughod (2016) about the politics of ethnographic writing and publishing https://americanethnologist.org/features/interviews/lila-abu-lughod-interview                                                                                 See also her related AE article for further reading: ABU‐LUGHOD, L. (2016), The cross‐publics of ethnography: The case of “the Muslimwoman”. American Ethnologist, 43: 595-608. doi:10.1111/amet.12377
  6. We like innovative ideas about ethnography, such as live fieldnotes http://ethnographymatters.net/blog/2012/08/02/writing-live-fieldnotes-towards-a-more-open-ethnography/

/ Job offers and CFP

  1. PhD on the role of local, everyday notions of history in the increasing spread of exclusionary and anti-cosmopolitan sentiments in the German Alps https://recruitingapp-5034.de.umantis.com/Vacancies/354/Description/2
  2. Postdoc Research Associate at Cambridge on the role of experts in the social sciences in understanding and effecting social change – be aware, the deadline ends soon! http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/18700/

/ Public media publications of anthropologists (based on ethnography)

  1. Piro Rexhepi explains “Albania’s layered homophobia” https://prishtinainsight.com/albanias-layered-homophobia/
  2. Shahram Khosravi reflect on Protests and Inequality in Iran in “How the Other Half Lives in Iran”, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/14/opinion/iran-protests-inequality.html
  3. Sarah Parcak’s notes on “The Fire That Consumed Brazil’s Treasures”. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/opinion/fire-brazil-national-museum.html