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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 March 15, 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 5, No 1 (2015)

Cover Page

Table of Contents

Editorial

Incomplete regularities: Comparison, values, personhood
Giovanni da Col
i–vii

Articles

James H. Smith
1–34
Alf Hornborg
35–57
Antonio Guerreiro
59–85
Nayanika Mathur
87–111

Special Section - Comparison made radical: Dumont's anthropology of value today

André Iteanu, Ismaël Moya
113–136
André Iteanu
137–150
Ismaël Moya
151–172
Joel Robbins
173–195
Aparecida Vilaça
197–225
Cécile Barraud
227–250

Translations

Michael Houseman
251–269

Special Section - The anthropology of personhood, redux: Views from Christianity, edited by Jon Bialecki and Girish Daswani

Jon Bialecki, Girish Daswani
271–294
Simon Coleman
295–315
Ryan Schram
317–337
Liana Chua
339–359
Mark S. Mosko
361–393
Michael Lambek
395–404

Colloquia

Bruno Reinhardt
405–436

Forum

Marisol de la Cadena, Marianne E. Lien, Mario Blaser, Casper Bruun Jensen, Tess Lea, Atsuro Morita, Heather Anne Swanson, Gro B. Ween, Paige West, Margaret J. Wiener
437–475

Book Symposium - Capital in the twenty-first century (Thomas Piketty)

Gustav Peebles
477–479
Karen Ho
481–488
Sylvia Yanagisako
489–494
Jane I. Guyer
495–500
Michael Ralph
501–508
Anush Kapadia
509–516
Thomas Piketty
517–527

Book Symposium - The cooking of history: How not to study Afro-Cuban religion (Stephan Palmié)

Kristina Wirtz
529–534
Margaret J. Wiener
535–540
Danilyn Rutherford
541–546
Michael Silverstein
547–551
Stephan Palmié
553–560