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HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory

As every experienced fieldworker knows, the most difficult task in social anthropological fieldwork is to determine the meaning of a few key words, upon an understanding of which the success of the whole investigation depends. – E. E. Evans-Pritchard

HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, is an international peer-reviewed, open-access journal which aims to situate ethnography as the prime heuristic of anthropology, and return it to the forefront of conceptual developments in the discipline.

The journal is motivated by the need to reinstate ethnographic theorization in contemporary anthropology as a potent alternative to its 'explanation' or 'contextualization' by philosophical arguments, moves which have resulted in a loss of the discipline’s distinctive theoretical nerve. By drawing out its potential to critically engage and challenge Western cosmological assumptions and conceptual determinations, HAU aims to provide an exciting new arena for evaluating ethnography as a daring enterprise for 'worlding' alien terms and forms of life, by exploiting their potential for rethinking humanity and alterity.

HAU takes its name from Mauss’ Spirit of the Gift, an anthropological concept that derives its theoretical potential precisely from the translational inadequations and equivocations involved in comparing the incomparable. Through their reversibility, such inferential misunderstandings invite us to explore how encounters with alterity occasion the resurgence and revisitation of indigenous knowledge practices. As an online journal, HAU stresses immediacy of publication, allowing for the timely publication and distribution of untimely ideas. Aiming to attract the most daring thinkers in the discipline, regardless of position or background, HAU also places no restriction on further publication of material published by the journal.

HAU welcomes submissions that strengthen ethnographic engagement with received knowledges, and revive the vibrant themes of anthropology through debate and engagement with other disciplines and explore domains held until recently to be the province of economics, philosophy and the natural sciences. Topics addressed by the journal include indigenous ontologies and systems of knowledge, forms of human engagement and relationality, cosmology and myth, magic, witchcraft and sorcery, truth and falsehood, indigenous theories of kinship and relatedness with humans and non-humans, hierarchy, materiality, perception, environment and space, time and temporality, personhood and subjectivity, alternative metaphysics of morality.

Announcements

 

Call for Special Issue Proposals - 2016 Competition - Deadline Extended

 

Revised Deadline for submitting proposals for the 2016 Competition for Special Issues is now February 28, 2015. Download submission instructions here.

The editors of HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory are delighted to launch an international competition for special issues to be published in 2016. Selected special issues, after publication in the journal, will be made available in paperback by HAU Books, printed and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. 

 

 
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Vol 4, No 3 (2014)

Cover Page

Table of Contents

Editorial

The year of the weasel
Giovanni da Col
i–iv

Special Section - Anthropological knots: Conditions of possibilities and interventions, edited by Sarah Green

Sarah Green
1–21
Marilyn Strathern
23–37
Jeanette Edwards
39–44
Chris Gregory
45–68
Joel Robbins
69–72
David Graeber
73–88
Jane K. Cowan
89–97
Keir Martin
99–115

Special Section Colloquium

Michael Carrithers
117–142
Niko Besnier
143–147

Articles

João de Pina-Cabral
149–184
Sasha Newell
185–213
David Lipset
215–243
Naveeda Khan
245–264

Colloquia: Theories of water

Stefan Helmreich
265–284
Anne Salmond
285–309
Atsuro Morita
311–316

Colloquia: Reflections on anti-Judaism

Jeanne Favret-Saada
317–328
David I. Kertzer
329–333
Jeanne Favret-Saada
335–340

Forum

David Zeitlyn
341–362

Book Symposium - Beyond nature and culture (Philippe Descola)

Gérard Lenclud
363–372
Stefan Helmreich
373–381
Stephan Feuchtwang
383–387
Bruce Kapferer
389–400
Christina Toren
401–409
Michael Lambek
411–417
Marcela Coelho de Souza
419–429
Philippe Descola
431–443

Translations

Fernando Ortiz, João Felipe Gonçalves, Gregory Duff Morton
445–480

Reprints

Irving Goldman
481–508