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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

 

Social Media Intern Program - Call for Applications

 

The Editors of HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory have decided to establish a Social Media Intern Program through which graduate students (with priority given to graduate students from HAU-N.E.T., Network of Ethnographic Theory partner-institutions) can be involved in the journal’s efforts to bring high-quality open-access anthropology to a wide readership.

 
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Vol 4, No 1 (2014)

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Table of Contents

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Editorial Notice

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Articles

Mark S. Mosko
1-47
João de Pina-Cabral
49-73
Joost Fontein
75-103
Cristóbal Bonelli
105-127
Klaus Hamberger
129-153
Amiria J. M. Salmond
155-187

Special section: How does anthropology know?, edited by Bob W. White and Kiven Strohm

Bob W. White, Kiven Strohm
189-197
Johannes Fabian
199-209
Peter Pels
211-236
Eric Gable
237-258

Colloquia: The ontological French turn, edited by John Kelly

John D. Kelly
259-269
Philippe Descola
271-280
Marshall Sahlins
281-290
Mauro W. Barbosa de Almeida
291-294
Philippe Descola
295-300
Bruno Latour
301-307
Kim Fortun
309-329
Michael M. J. Fischer
331-355
John D. Kelly
357-360

Fora

Erik Harms, Shafqat Hussain, Sasha Newell, Charles Piot, Louisa Schein, Sara Shneiderman, Terence Turner, Juan Zhang
361-381
Tim Ingold
383-395

Forum: Morals and life, edited by Jane Guyer

Jane I. Guyer
397-409
Paul Fauconnet
411-419
John D. Kelly
421-428

Book symposium - The subject of virtue: An anthropology of ethics and freedom (James Laidlaw)

Didier Fassin
429-435
James Faubion
437-442
Webb Keane
443-457
Eduardo Kohn
459-464
Michael Lempert
465-472
Cheryl Mattingly
473-486
Veena Das
487-495
James Laidlaw
497-506

Book symposium - Mundane objects: Materiality and non-verbal communication (Pierre Lemonnier)

Bruno Latour
507-510
Chris Ballard
511-515
Tim Ingold
517-521
Paul Graves-Brown
523-530
Susanne Küchler
531-536
Pierre Lemonnier
537-548

Reprints

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Rodney Needham
549-564