Oral Presentation Session - Invited Status Awarded
Invited by: Association of Senior Anthropologists
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students
Primary Theme: Inclusivity
Secondary Theme: Borders
Even when formulated with holistic objectives, anthropological research encompasses a wider range of potentially relevant phenomena than can be incorporated in the design of any particular project. In many cases, especially with research carried out decades ago, disciplinary norms may have diverted attention from significant realms of human experience. Senior anthropologists can remember approaches to ethnographic research—in their training if not in their own practice—that identified cultural traits without inquiring deeply into dimensions of social life such as variability and individuality or noncomformity, resistance or the subtle workings of power. The presenters in this session describe findings that remained unaddressed or minimally treated in their earlier research, perhaps because the implications threatened career advancement at the time or their relevance became apparent only later. These cases not only can fill in blanks in the record, stimulating other anthropologists to reconsider their own research, but also alert younger scholars to the subtle and not so subtle orthodoxies that prevail at any moment in the history of the discipline, fostering omissions and silencing the best of intentions.