We are soliciting participants for our 2013 AAA Roundtable, "Strategic Engagements with Academic Histories: Ethical Methodological Choices to Shift Negative Representations."
Please note: for roundtable submissions, participants do not have to submit abstracts. At this point, we are soliciting participants who are interested in presenting. Email us with what you are interested in presenting on, a CV or description of your background by 3/13 at email@example.com.
Organizers: Claire Snell-Rood, University of Virginia; Lu Ann Williams, University of Virginia; Na'amah Razon, University of California, Berkeley
Anthropologists have always had to contend with the representations of the people with whom we work—both within our discipline and across other scholarly work. Postcolonial and postmodern projects have demonstrated how particular research practices have tied negative characteristics and social outcomes to the identity of different groups. These historical research practices reproduce the boundaries of the groups with whom we work in the present, shaping the broader interdisciplinary discourse about our research projects. Following humanist and social justice goals, we design our own research projects with the hope of challenging representations that may emphasize victimhood, pathology, or savagery and contributing a different narrative of these same groups.
In this roundtable, we explore how anthropologists can choose to define groups of people on our own terms, yet still engage with other disciplines who may define these groups through academic histories we question. We are interested in discussing the ways we navigate complex academic terrains and the types of interventions we try to make, both within our own disciplinary knowledge of a cultural group, and our engagements with other scholars beyond anthropology—whether in applied fields like public health and development, or area studies. We ask:
• What creative work and willful omissions do we make within our interpretations of our own data to avoid reproducing stereotypes?
• Should anthropologists privilege a group’s narratives of themselves even when it seems to reproduce harmful stereotypes?
• What are the ethics surrounding researcher decisions around the types of histories and narratives to engage with and produce? Do researcher decisions to manipulate the narrative about cultural groups reproduce the same paternalism that now draws so much critique?
• How do we anticipate how those wide-ranging scholars who may engage with our work will use our research?
AAA guidelines on roundtables: The roundtable provides a format to discuss critical social issues effecting anthropology. No papers are presented in this format. The organizer will submit an abstract for the roundtable but participants will not present papers or submit abstracts. A roundtable presenter is a major role, having the same weight as a paper presentation. All organizers and roundtable presenters must register.
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