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Activist Anthropology with the Haudenosaunee

Theoretical and Practical Insights from the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

Brooke Hansen and Jack Rossen

current state of activist anthropology and to see the intersections between this form of positioned anthropology with decolonisation theories, indigenous anthropology and the pedagogies of engagement. We advocate for theoretical shifts that open spaces for

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Reading neoliberalism at the university

Boone W. Shear and Angelina I. Zontine

Ongoing transformations of the university - from changing working conditions to issues of affordability and access, increasing 'accountability' measures and commodification of academic production - are increasingly referred to as university corporatisation and are unfolding within and concomitant to neoliberal globalisation. In this paper we outline some of these processes as they are occurring at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and explore the limitations and possibilities of a critical response mounted by a number of students and faculty in the Department of Anthropology. Drawing on ethnographic data and interviews with group participants, as well as our own experiences with the group, we describe and assess this project as a means to investigate and respond to neoliberal governance. Through this analysis we problematise conventional discourses and imaginings of university corporatisation and neoliberalism and explore the sometimes contradictory subject positions that complicate our efforts to respond critically to university corporatisation.

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'Indigenising' or 'interculturalising' universities in Mexico?: Towards an ethnography of diversity discourses and practices inside the Universidad Veracruzana Intercultural

Gunther Dietz and Laura Mateos Cortés

Multicultural discourse has reached Latin American higher education in the form of a set of policies targeting indigenous peoples. These policies are strongly influenced by the transfer of European notions of 'interculturality', which, in the Mexican context, are understood as positive interactions between members of minority and majority cultures. In Mexico, innovative and often polemical 'intercultural universities or colleges' are being created by governments, by NGOs or by pre-existing universities. This trend towards 'diversifying' the ethnocultural profiles of students and curricular contents coincides with a broader tendency to force institutions of higher education to become more 'efficient', 'corporate' and 'outcome-oriented'. Accordingly, these still very recently established 'intercultural universities' are often criticised as being part of a common policy of 'privatisation' and 'neoliberalisation' and of developing curricula particular to specific groups which weakens the universalist and comprehensive nature of Latin American public universities. Indigenous leaders, on the contrary, frequently claim and celebrate the appearance of these new higher education opportunities as part of a strategy of empowering actors of indigenous origin or African descent.

Going beyond this polemic, this paper presents the first findings of an activist anthropological and ethnographically-based case study of the actors participating in the configuration of one of these new institutions of higher education, the Universidad Veracruzana Intercultural (UVI), located on the Mexican gulf coast. This article examines the way UVI has appropriated the discourse of interculturality on the basis of fieldwork conducted in the four indigenous regions where the UVI offers a B.A. in Intercultural Management for Development. The study focuses on the actors' teaching and learning practices, which are strongly shaped by an innovative and hybrid mixture of conventional university teaching, community-oriented research and 'employability'-driven development projects.

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Engaged Anthropology and Scholar Activism

Double Contentions

Elisabet Dueholm Rasch, Floor van der Hout, and Michiel Köhne

to participate in a movement while at the same time studying it; how to gain room to maneuver for doing activist anthropology in the context of the neoliberal university; how to contribute to social change by bearing witness, reporting on political

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From a “Double Task” to a “Double Contention” Perspective

On Academic and Activist Knowledge Production Processes

Júnia Marúsia Trigueiro de Lima

engaged/activist anthropology, which in turn fueled my desire to meet and collaborate with the Zapatistas. I was finally able to travel to Mexico after I received funding for fieldwork abroad. In 2016, I arrived in Chiapas for the first time, planning to

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Review Essay

Anthropology and the Moral Project of Neoliberalism

Juan M. del Nido

influences engaged and activist anthropology, but also the very ethical mission of speaking truth to power, the grammar that mobilises claims on behalf of the weak and destitute is often one that mirrors the morals of neoliberalism: the immanent, universal

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Book Reviews

Janet Hoskins, Gavin Weston, Khairudin Aljunied, John Harries, Thorgeir Storesund Kolshus, Lars Højer, Cynthia Chou, Samson A. Bezabeh, and Ingvild Skodvin Prestegård

inclined toward an activist anthropology that deploys the techniques of ethnographic research as a means to articulate critical understandings of contemporary ‘global’ connections. Yet despite all these limitations, there is value to this volume. When read

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Learning in Collaborative Moments

Practising Relating Differently with Dementia in Dialogue Meetings

Silke Hoppe, Laura Vermeulen, Annelieke Driessen, Els Roding, Marije de Groot, and Kristine Krause

Transformation of Ethnography: From Malinowki's Tent to the Practice of Collaborative/Activist Anthropology ’, Human Organization 77 , no. 1 : 64 – 76 , doi: 10.17730/1938-3525.77.1.64 . Lassiter , L. E. ( 2008 ), ‘ Moving Past Public Anthropology and

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Beyond Anthropology's Edges

Debunking the ‘Noble Anthropologist’, Practicing Pragmatism, and Embracing Entrepreneurialism

Cynthia Sear

activist, anthropology is often depicted to outsiders as antidote for many of humanity's ills, and as foil for other disciplines’ abstraction, bigotry, and hubris. Tim Ingold, for example, in Anthropology, Why it Matters places the value of anthropology