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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

 

Proposals for Malinowski Monographs, Deadline Extended to April 30, 2016 + Call for Associate Editors

 

Reminder: New Deadline for Proposals for Malinowski Monographs Competition -- Proposals due April 30, 2016.

HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory is now accepting applications for Associate Editors -- Applications due April 30, 2016

 
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Vol 6, No 2 (2016)

Cover Page

Table of Contents

Editorial

The dark, the joyful, and the parodic
Michael Lambek, Amira Mittermaier
i–iv

Debate on Sherry Ortner's "Dark anthropology and its others"

Arjun Appadurai
1–4
David Graeber
5–9
Carol J. Greenhouse
11–16
James Laidlaw
17–24
Danilyn Rutherford
25–28
Sherry B. Ortner
29–39

Lectures

Janice Boddy
41–69

Articles

Kira Hall, Donna Meryl Goldstein, Matthew Bruce Ingram
71–100
Marianna Keisalo
101–121
Arkotong Longkumer
123–147
Casper Bruun Jensen, Miho Ishii, Philip Swift
149–172
Sandra Calkins
173–195

Special Section: A Joyful History of Anthropology

Bhrigupati Singh, Jane I. Guyer
197–211
Holly Swyers
213–231
Victor Kumar
233–254
Stephanie Frank
255–277
Shannon Morreira
279–295
Edgardo C. Krebs
297–321
Andrew Brandel
323–343

Special Section Colloquium

Jason J. Price
PDF
345–387

Colloquia

Paul Kockelman
389–423

Forum

Roger Sansi, Marilyn Strathern
425–439

Book Symposium - Cold War anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the growth of dual use anthropology (David Price)

Carole McGranahan
441–446
Katherine Verdery
447–451
Ilana Feldman
453–546
Donna M. Goldstein
457–462
Laura Nader
463–466
David H. Price
467–472

Unedited

James Woodburn
473–496

Reprints

Lying, honor, and contradiction
Michael Gilsenan
497–525