HAU

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.

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CUMULUS: Hoarding, Hosting, Hospitality

 
Presented by the Centre for Ethnographic Theory (SOAS, London) and St Johns College (Cambridge), 28-30 June, 2017.

 

 
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Vol 7, No 1 (2017)

Cover Page

Table of Contents

Front & Back Matter

A note from the editor
Michael Lambek
i–v

Debate Collection: Two or three things I love or hate about ethnography, edited by Giovanni da Col

Giovanni da Col
1–8
Rita Astuti
9–14
Signe Howell
15–20
Tim Ingold
21–26
Daniel Miller
27–31
Maurice Bloch
33–43
Alpa Shah
45–59
Thorgeir Kolshus
61–69

Debates

Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner, Bob Simpson, Elena Burgos-Martinez, James McMurray
71–79

Lectures

Jane I. Guyer
81–103
Rita Astuti
105–122

Special Section--Unbundling sincerity: Language, mediation and interiority in comparative perspective, edited by Haeri

Niloofar Haeri
123–138
Niloofar Haeri
139–161
Sonja Luehrmann
163–184
Ayala Fader
185–206
Courtney Handman
207–228
Matt Tomlinson
229–233

Articles

Ute Eickelkamp
235–264
William Matthews
265–285
Andrew Apter
287–302
Jens M. Zickgraf
303–326
Sareeta Amrute
327–352
Piers Locke
353–376
Daniel Miller
377–395

Colloquium: From candidacy to governance. Rethinking “The hands of Donald Trump,” edited by Goldstein and Hall

Donna M. Goldstein, Kira Hall
397–406
Michael Silverstein
407–413
Stefka Hristova
415–422
Norma Mendoza-Denton
423–432
Jeff Maskovsky
433–440
L. Kaifa Roland
441–447
Nancy Scheper-Hughes
449–460

Fora

Richard Handler, Robert Brightman, Pauline Turner Strong, Alexander D. King
461–488
Sindre Bangstad, Irfan Ahmad, John R. Bowen, Ilana Feldman, Angelique Haugerud, David H. Price, Richard Ashby Wilson, Mayanthi L. Fernando
489–508

Book Symposium--The value of comparison (Peter van der Veer)

Birgit Meyer
509–515
Matei Candea
517–521
Annelin Eriksen
523–528
Stephan Feuchtwang
529–532
Peter van der Veer
533–536

Book Symposium--Earth beings (Marisol de la Cadena)

Catherine J. Allen
537–543
Andrew Canessa
545–551
Alf Hornborg
553–558
Valentina Napolitano
559–565

Translations

Arnold van Gennep, Bjørn Thomassen
567–575

Reprints

Malcolm Ruel
579–595