Antropologiens politiske potentialer

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/// s2nd lecture of 'The Political Potentials of Anthropology' ('Antropologiens politiske potentialer') ///

This second lecture of the series will be given by Julia Suárez-Krabbe, associate professor at Institute of Communication and Humanities RUC (University of Roskilde).

With this series of lectures we discuss how anthropology can be exercised as an openly political practice. This Wednesday, Suárez-Krabbe will be talking about her work on decolonial methodology:

Since the formal decolonization of the 60's the problematizations of anthropology's scientific status and objectivity have been central. Critiques regarding the relationship between (western) anthropologists and (non-western) subjects of study have provoked many attempts to transcend a modernist and positivist paradigm of knowledge.

The point of departure of this lecture is the methodological discussions in Suárez-Krabbe’s book, more specifically her critique of Kirsten Hastrup’s phenomenological methodology that is canonized on both the bachelor- and master departments at the Institute of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen.

Suárez-Krabbe argues that the crisis of legitimacy of anthropology has meant a disciplinary border control that aims at maintaining the authority of anthropological knowledge, reproducing colonial and hierarchical relationship between the ‘Others'’ knowledge about themselves and the anthropologist’s knowledge about the same ‘Others’.

Suárez-Krabbe seeks through her work to move the criterias of anthropological practice from academia towards practical emancipation. In other words: to decolonize anthropological methodology
Period25 May 2016
Event typeLecture
LocationCopenhagen, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionLocal