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Decolonizing European Anthropology?

Thursday 27 June 2019 - Friday 28 June 2019
National Museum of Ethnology
Steenstraat 1
2312 BS Leiden

Anthropologists in and of Europe today are once more concerned with the production of anthropological knowledge. The issue was discussed rigorously in the 1980s (Clifford, Fabian), and it has since been an integral part of anthropological practice. Several developments have led to a renewed interest in and critique of anthropological knowledge production. In the last decades, anthropologists have increasingly engaged a range of positions often collected under the heading of ‘decolonial critique’ (e.g. Harrison 1991, Mignolo 2007), while at the same time enduring an increasingly stronger attack on scientific knowledge production in general and for their supposed ‘leftist bias’. The European Association of Social Anthropologists’ (EASA’s) Anthropology of Race and Ethnicity (ARE) Network invites you to enter into discussions about decolonizing European Anthropology.

What would it mean to decolonize European Anthropology? What is its current state vis a vis a politics and analytics of “race,” “ethnicity,” “diversity,” and “inclusion”? Is it possible to discuss such questions with respect to a ‘European anthropology’ at all, or are the histories and present politics of different parts of Europe too divergent to do so? If not, how is anthropology constructed along these lines in its various regions? What are the continuities and what are the divergences? Who studies anthropology in Europe? Who are its students, and who are its teachers? What are its key texts? What are its key institutions? What impact are they having on the academy, and what impact are they having on social life?

How are approaches in cultural studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, and LGBTQ+ studies working in relation to those in cultural and social anthropology? How have cultural and social anthropology come to matter for minoritized populations in Europe? How can we understand the impact of their presence? To what extent are minoritized populations able to enter leadership roles in European departments of social and cultural anthropology? What might make this kind of leadership possible? What is holding it back?

These questions will be addressed in a two-day symposiums with roundtables, workshops, a slavery heritage tour and a keynote lecture by Prof. dr. Fatima El-Tayeb (UCDA).

For more information, contact Dr. Jasmijn Rana (j.rana@fsw.leidenuniv.nl).

Full programme

09:45  Meet at Leiden Central Station
10:00 - 12:00 Slavery Heritage Tour in Leiden
Dr. Karwan Fatah-Black
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break 
13:00 - 13:30  Introduction
Decolonizing Anthropology: What does this mean? What is at

Markus Balkenhol (Meertens Instituut), Esra Ozyurek (London School
of Economics), Damani Partridge (University of Michigan), Jasmijn
Rana (Universiteit Leiden)
13:30 - 14:45 Roundtable 1
Colonial Afterlives at the University and Beyond
Victoria Klinkert and Thandeka Cochrane (University of Cambridge), Lucilla Lepratti and Nadav Wall (London School of Economics), Shukti Chaudhuri-Brill (Brandeis University), Merve Kayikci (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee/Tea Break
15:00 - 16:30

Roundtable 2
What we are stuck with – Current Junctures in Decolonizing Anthropology
Tilmann Heil (KU Leuven), Ajay Gandhi (Universiteit Leiden), Miriyam Aouragh (University of Westminster), Jatin Dua (University of Michigan)

16:30 - 17:30 Workshop
Writing Ethnography with the Big Picture in Mind
Theresa Truax-Gischler

Keynote Lecture
Queer Diasporic Spacetime and People Of Color Formations: A View
from (De)colonial Europe

Prof. dr. Fatima El-Tayeb (University of California San Diego)

09:00 - 09:30

Coffee and tea

09:30 - 10:45 Roundtable 
The Anthropologist and their Object
Nathanaelle Soler (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales,
Paris), Paul Mepschen (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Marina Brancato and Miguel Mellino (University of Naples L’Orientale), Adebayo Moyosore (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Rachel Spronk (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee/Tea break 
11:00 - 12:15  Roundtable 4
Experience, Positionality and Knowledge Production
Carmel Christy (University of Delhi), Duane Jethro (Humboldt Universität Berlin),
Clement Dreano (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Olivia Barnett (University of Auckland)
12:15 - 13:00 Lunch Break 
13:00 - 13:30 EASA/ARE Members Meeting 
Becoming a Convener 
13:30 - 15:00

Parallel workshops with the Dutch Association for Anthropology (ABv)
1. Diversity Toolbox – Kathrine van den Bogert (Radboud University Nijmegen)
2. Does Decolonization Need De-Colonizing? – Adnan Hossain (Universiteit van
Amsterdam) and Mihir Sharma (Universität Bayreuth)
3. Community Actors and Spaces in the Classroom – (Anouk de Koning (Universiteit Leiden/ABv), Rita Ouedraogo (Research Center for Material Culture/ABv) Kolar Aparna (Radboud University Nijmegen), Third speaker (t.b.c.)

15:00 - 15:15 Coffee/Tea break 
15:30 - 17:00 

Closing Panel
Diversity and Decolonization in Anthropology Education
Anouk de Koning (Universiteit Leiden/ABv), Mihir Sharma (Universität Bayreuth), Kathrine van den Bogert (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), Soumhya Venkatesan (University of Manchester) and Fatima El-Tayeb (UCSD)

17:00 - 17:30 Meeting Recap
17:30 - 18:30 Drinks at Café UFB

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