Roger Sansi Roca
Grant TypeConference Grant
Institutional AffiliationBarcelona, U. of
Grant numberGr. CONF-935
Approve DateSeptember 3, 2023
Project TitleSansi Roca, Roger (Barcelona, U. of) ""DOING AND UNDOING WITH ANTHROPOLOGY" EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGISTS BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2024"
Societies and ecologies are being undone at an accelerated pace. We are surrounded by multiple apparent emergencies. People are forced to undo forms of being and to rethink other ways of ‘doing’ together. Questions of ‘doing’ and ‘undoing’ emerge in all social dimensions, from politics to law, from morality to labor, from religion to gender, from technology to art … Science is called upon to respond to these emergencies, but at the same time is being questioned. Anthropology, for example, has faced decolonial critiques as well as calls to restore “The West”. These criticisms cut to the core of how Anthropology produces and reproduces itself. They provoke debates on the limits of interdisciplinarity. They point to the uneven relations between centers and peripheries, like the hegemony of English as the only research language. Finally, they impinge upon the precarization of labor and the production of knowledge. Claims to “let anthropology burn” have been made, proposing to “undo” anthropology as we know it. “Undoing” anthropology may not mean simply to abandon the discipline, but to disassemble and reassemble it differently. What would “undoing” anthropology imply? How can we find new ways of doing and undoing in the broadest possible sense?