Hosted by: General Anthropology Division
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students, Those Involved in Mentoring Activities
With this dialogue, we open the discussion to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty on the ethical and sociopolitical dilemmas faced by critical scholars in the discipline. As a field drawing increasing involvement from communities of color, those with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ , anthropology is being used as a medium for activism and advocacy through research. We would like to discuss how contemporary scholars balance the colonial legacy of anthropology while moving forward with the activist potential of ethnography and knowledge formation. How do established anthropologists and emerging scholars relate to the field of anthropology when native scholars such as Audra Simpson are calling for “ethnographic refusal”? How can we reach across our different positions to take opportunity of certain openings such as the recognition of reflexivity, activist and collaborative anthropology, and epistemologies formed outside the university? What are the different potentialities of these critiques for ensuring an equitable and ethical practice of the discipline?