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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Juliano Fiori

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In this interview with Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Juliano Fiori—Head of Studies (Humanitarian Affairs) at Save the Children—reflects on Eurocentrism and coloniality in studies of and responses to migration. In the context of ongoing debates about the politics of knowledge and the urgency of anticolonial action, Fiori discusses the ideological and epistemological bases of responses to migration, the Western character of humanitarianism, the “localization of aid” agenda, and the political implications of new populisms of the Right.

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Imagining globalization in anthropology

Diversity, equality, and the politics of knowledge

Thomas A. Reuter

Over the last century anthropological studies have served as a testimony to human cultural diversity, as well as highlighting the existential challenges we all share, but the discipline has failed to provide an undistorted mirror of this unity in diversity. Critics from postcolonial studies and within anthropology have argued that anthropological knowledge cannot be universal so long as representatives of only a few privileged nations participate in the process of its construction, and so long as there are significant power differentials among those who do participate. From the perspective of a performance theory of truth, there are two necessary conditions if we wish for anthropology to genuinely reflect the human condition. The first step is to improve global participation in the social production of anthropological knowledge by creating equality within the discipline. The second is to help create a more level playing field in the world at large by challenging abuses of power in contemporary societies. In this article I discuss recent efforts by international organizations in anthropology to satisfy some of these conditions.

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AIDS, South Africa and the Politics of Knowledge by Jeremy R. Youde Mandisa Mbali

Clausewitz’s Puzzle: The Political Theory of War by Andreas Herberg-Rothe Deane-Peter Baker

History of Madness by Michel Foucault, edited by Jean Khalfa and translated by Jonathan Murphy and Jean Khalfa Roger Deacon

Psychiatric Power: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1973-1974 by Michel Foucault, edited by Jacques Lagrange and translated by Graham Burchell Roger Deacon

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Canon Fire

Decolonizing the Curriculum

Andrew Sanchez

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Despite sustained critical attention to the politics of knowledge, contemporary anthropology disproportionately engages with ideas produced by academics based in European and North American universities. The ‘decolonizing the curriculum’ movement speaks to core areas of anthropological interest while making a critical comment on the academic structures in which anthropologists produce their work. The articles in this collection interrogate the terms on which academic work engages with its own history, and ask how the production of knowledge relates to structures of race, gender and location. The collection considers the historical, political and institutional context of the ‘decolonizing the curriculum’ movement, the potential impact that the movement might make on education and research, and the major challenges facing it.

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The Personal and the Political

Simon Coleman and Sondra L. Hausner

America, rhetorics of truth and anti-globalism in Turkey, and Korean-Christian diasporas, but each also addresses broader questions of the politics of knowledge. Directly or indirectly, these pieces ask what kinds of information and expertise seem most

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Chiara Bonfiglioli

this mapping within a critical comparative examination of the postsocialist and postconflict context of Southeastern Europe. The normative framework of the book does not allow for a reflection on the transnational politics of knowledge production in the

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Mette Louise Berg, and Johanna Waters

debates. Through the format of interviews and conversations, Juliano Fiori and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh on the one hand, and Nof Nasser-Eddin and Nour Abu-Assab on the other, engage critically with the politics of knowledge production, arguing powerfully

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Digitizing the Western Gaze

The End FGM Guardian Global Media Campaign

Jessica Cammaert

Afrikain-institutet . Ibhawoh , Bonny . 2008 . “ Moolaadé (Review) .” Human Rights Quarterly 30 : 4 (November): 1058 – 1060 . 10.1353/hrq.0.0035 Nnaemeka , Obioma , ed. 2005 . Female Circumcision and the Politics of Knowledge: African Women

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Dis-orienting Western Knowledge

Coloniality, Curriculum and Crisis

Zeus Leonardo

its epistemological roots. From Dussel to Grosfoguel, this second articulation of colonial criticism shifts the debate to another territory in the geo-politics of knowledge on the nature of what Walter Mignolo (2002) calls the ‘colonial difference

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Shelling from the ivory tower

Project Camelot and the post–World War II operationalization of social science

Philip Y. Kao

realities of power and the politics of knowledge (cf. Gill 2007 ; Lutz 2006 ). Culture may not hold the same military-cum-operational value that it once did during the height of Project Camelot. 2 Nevertheless, the military and various intelligence