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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 1 (2016)

Cover Page

Table of Contents

Editorial

Anthropology pays itself with the suspended coffee of its dreams
Giovanni da Col
i–viii

Debates

David Berliner, Michael Lambek, Richard Shweder, Richard Irvine, Albert Piette
1–27

Lectures

Jeanne Favret-Saada
29–45

Articles

Sherry B. Ortner
47–73
Federico Neiburg
75–93
Vita Peacock
95–119
Julie Billaud
121–126
Cris Shore
127–130
Cristoph Brumann
131–134
Vita Peacock
135–139
Joanna Cook
141–161
Anthony Stavrianakis
163–188
Henrik Hvenegaard Mikkelsen
189–205

Special Section - The anthropology of history, edited by Stephan Palmié and Charles Stewart

Stephan Palmié, Charles Stewart
207–236
Courtney Handman
237–260
Byron Ellsworth Hamann
261–292
Richard Handler
293–316
Michael Lambek
317–341
Kristina Wirtz
343–369

Forum

James D. Faubion, Jane I. Guyer, Tom Boellstorff, Marilyn Strathern, Clémentine Deliss, Frédéric Keck, Terry Smith
371–402
Paul Rabinow, Anthony Stavrianakis
403–431

Book Symposium - Ethical life: Its natural and social histories (Webb Keane)

Cheryl Mattingly
433–447
Rita Astuti
449–454
James Laidlaw
455–461
Nicholas Harkness
463–467
C. Jason Throop
469–475
Richard A. Shweder
477–483
Webb Keane
485–492

Book Symposium - The empty seashell: Witchcraft and doubt on an Indonesian island (Nils Bubandt)

Todd Sanders
493–498
Mathijs Pelkmans
499–503
Webb Keane
505–509
Rosalind C. Morris
511–518
Nils Bubandt
519–530

Unedited Scholarship

J. D. Y. Peel, Richard Fardon
531–551

Reprints

Fred Myers
553–575