Working Session: Decolonizing Anthropology: A View from Oceania
Organizers: Marama Muru-Lanning and Lorena Gibson
Our informal session at the 2019 conference was attended by 29 participants and we had a productive conversation about a number of practical issues, including the relationship between anthropology and calls for decolonisation, different histories and genealogies of anthropology throughout Oceania, reflexivity and accountability, and why we choose to stay in anthropology. We collectively identified six broad themes that we will continue discussing at the 2020 conference, which are: citational practices (expanding the genealogy); anthropological writing practices/language/communication; what we are doing as teachers; social media opportunities; the difference between gatekeepers and leaders; and antisocial anthropologists. Our working session aims to generate a group of papers for publication in a variety of forums within and beyond academia. A thread we would like to see woven throughout all the papers is not whether we can decolonise anthropology, but how we might unsettle anthropology in ways firmly anchored in our Pacific places.
If you would like to join our session, please email the session organisers for more information before 1 November 2019.
Marama Leigh Muru-Lanning, University of Auckland <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Lorena Gibson, Victoria University of Wellington <email@example.com>