Review of the 'Ways of Knowing' Conference, St Andrews University, January 2005

in Anthropology in Action

When the participants of this year’s postgraduate reading group at St Andrews University were asked to give an informal group presentation at the ‘Ways of Knowing’ conference held in January 2005 to talk about our own experiences and perceptions of ‘knowledge’ and how they had changed since coming to St Andrews, we decided to divide our papers up and present them in the form of a conversation rather than read them out one at a time. This worked very well, despite us all coming from considerably different backgrounds: there were always points in each one’s personal account the others could somehow relate to and then expand on by contributing their own experiences. What we ended up with was thus a polyphonic (if necessarily incomplete) account of the St Andrews postgraduate experience of knowledge acquisition, whereby the stress on the personal paradoxically functioned both to separate our different voices and as a common denominator on which we could base our conversation.

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