While anthropologists have often turned their attention to the ethics of ethnographic fieldwork and writing, there has been considerably less attention devoted to the ethnography of ethics. In recent years, however, anthropologists have begun to take more seriously the ethnographic study of ethics and, in particular, have increasingly turned their focus to the entangled relationships among theoretical ethics, practical ethics, and justice in their research sites. To date, however, there has been insufficient dialogue between scholars contemplating the ethics of ethnography and those engaged in the ethnographic study of ethics. This panel seeks to bring into dialogue these two strains of research. Meditations on the ethics of ethnography and on the politics that can/should shape ethnographic engagements, on the one hand, and the ethnographic study of ethics, on the other, may offer each other fruitful ways of deepening anthropological understandings of both ethnography and ethics, creating fertile ground for both more ethically-situated ethnography and more ethnographically-informed ethics. In this panel, we understand ethics in a broad sense, rather than as necessarily linked to or divorced from any particular philosophical, political, or religious tradition.
Papers that reflect on the ethics of ethnographic practice, that rely on ethnography to interrogate the ethical, and/or ethnographic case studies of ethics in practice are especially encouraged. Those papers that use ethnographic insight to illuminate the relationship between the practice of “ethical” anthropology and the anthropology of ethics are also welcome.
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