Decolonizing Anthropology. A Self-Critical Appraisal of the Current State of Research and Teaching A hybrid lecture series and teaching format in two parts by and for social and cultural anthropological institutes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and South Tyrol.   Winter Term 2023/24 and Summer Term 2024 Thursdays, 6:15-7:45pm CET on Webex To participate in the […]

Session 6 | 23 May 2024 | Philosophy, Anthropology and Decolonization
A Dialogue between Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University | WoC Bremen) & Tyler Zoanni (U Bremen)
Register here In this dialogue with renowned philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne, we will take up central themes in his work and connect them to ongoing conversations about anthropology and decolonization. Topics include: language and life, the postcolonial and the decolonial, Africa in/and the world, philosophy and anthropology. The session will begin with an interview and […]

Session 5 |16 May 2024| Eight Answers to the Question if Ethnographic Research in Asian Russia Has Fared Well or Got Shipwrecked with Colonial/Decolonial Ambitions (1724-2024)
Register here Previous speakers in this lecture series have addressed multiple aspects of the legacies and ongoing dynamics of colonialism and anthropology, and ways towards decolonising the discipline. Understandably, this debate has mainly drawn on “overseas” entanglements and interactions between Global South and Global North. However, colonial and decolonial perspectives from what some have called […]

Session 4 |02 May 2024| Decolonizing What Was Known as Mexican Anthropology
Ricardo F. Macip hosted by Dorothy Zinn (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)
Register here Taking two twenty-five-year periods, one from 1969 to 1994 and another from 1995 to 2020, I reflect on the decolonizing attempts and discomforts in what was known as Mexican Anthropology. The first one starts with the radical takeover by a generation of professional anthropologists against state sponsored “Indigenist Thought”, the second after the […]

Session 3 | 25 Apr 2024 | Decolonizing and/or Re-Appropriating the Archive?
Register here “An archive may be largely about ‘the past’ but it is always ‘re-read’ in the light of the present and the future: and in that reprise, as Walter Benjamin reminds us, it always flashes up before us as a moment of danger”                                                                                                              Stuart Hall [1] Starting from the assumption that archives are […]

Session 2 | 18 Apr 2024 | „Wir eingebildeten Europäer“ – Debatten, Verstrickungen und das Erbe der Ethnologie des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts
Gespräch zwischen Richard Kuba & Katja Geisenhainer mit Kommentar von Andre Gingrich
Registrierung Die Kolonisierung außereuropäischer Territorien wurde in der Zeit der Konstituierung der Ethnologie als eigenständige akademische Disziplin von frühen Fachvertretenden überwiegend gebilligt oder sogar gefordert. Parallel wurde ausführlich über Inhalte und Methoden der jungen Disziplin diskutiert. Bei näherer Betrachtung dieser Debatten im zeithistorischen Kontext, zeigt sich, dass es durchaus auch Stimmen gab, die Ideen vorwegnahmen, […]

Session 1 | 11 Apr 2024 | Introduction
Einführung: Überblick über das Sommersemester und einige Preliminary Remarks zur derzeitigen Konjunktur der Kritik an “Post-/De-colonial Studies”
Thursdays, 6.15 – 7.45 pm on Webex Register here On thursday, 11th of April, we are happy to welcome you again to our first session with an introduction by Michi Knecht.   Weiterführende Literatur: BRISMES British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. ‘BRISMES Statement on Settler Colonialism, Decolonisation and Antisemitism’. London, 19 February 2024. https://www.brismes.ac.uk/news/brismes-statement-on-settler-colonialism-decolonisation-and-antisemitism. Conrad, […]

Summer 2024 | Online Lecture Series “Decolonizing Anthropology: A Self-Critical Assessment of the Current State of Research and Teaching” | Part 2
Thursdays, 6.15 – 7.45 pm on Webex Please register here Decolonizing Anthropology is a joint lecture series of anthropology institutes in German-speaking countries that serves as a platform for exchange on current debates on decolonisation, that proactively reflects on the history of critique in the discipline, and shares knowledge about new practices of research and […]

Approaches to Decolonizing Anthropology
“Decolonization, which sets out to change the order of the world, is, obviously, a program of complete disorder. But it cannot come as a result of magical practices, nor of a natural shock, nor of a friendly understanding. Decolonization, as we know, is a historical process: that is to say it cannot be understood, it […]

Session 11 | 01 Feb 2024 | Dekolonisierung als Praxis?! Zwischen Academia, Gesellschaft und Aktivismus
Studierende der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (FU Berlin) im Gespräch mit Adela Taleb und Ibou Diop
Registrierung In its contribution to the ongoing lecture series “Decolonizing Anthropology – A self-critical appraisal of the current state of research and teaching”, students from Freie Universität Berlin meet with Adela Taleb and Ibou Diop in a participatory roundtable discussion to address decolonisation from a perspective that expands beyond university. The aim of this exchange […]

Session 10 | 25 Jan 2024 | Anti/Rassismus in der Lehre
How could an anthropology department be racist?
Registration In January  2023, students at the department of Anthropology at the University of Vienna hung up satirical posters suggesting anti-racist new year’s resolutions for the department. The posters were hung in the hallways, lecture rooms, and on two office doors at the department. While the response from lecturers was varied overall, with some praising […]