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.

Announcements

 

Call for Proposals for Special Issues (2018-2019): New Deadline

 

The deadline for Special Issue proposals has been extended to 31 May 2017. The call for proposals can be found here: 

http://www.haujournal.org/media/HAU_Call_for_Special_Issues_2018-2019.pdf

 
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Vol 7, No 3 (2017)

Cover Page

Table of Contents

Editorial

Free gifts that must be invented
Giovanni da Col
i–vii

Shortcuts

Giovanni da Col, Claudio Sopranzetti, Fred Myers, Anastasia Piliavsky, John L. Jackson, Jr., Yarimar Bonilla, Adia Benton, Paul Stoller
1–38

Debates

Joe Anderson, Deborah Durham, Niklas Hultin, Hugh Gusterson, Charles Fruehling Springwood
39–65

Lectures

Purnima Mankekar, Akhil Gupta
67–87
Alf Hornborg
89–103

Articles

John Borneman, Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi
105–135
Heinz Bude
137–139
Heath Cabot
141–146
Chris Hann
147–151
John Borneman, Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi
153–157
Mareike Winchell
159–183
David Valentine
185–209
Alexandre Surrallés
211–235
Frederick Klaits
237–260

Special Section – The real economy, edited by Federico Neiburg and Jane I. Guyer

Federico Neiburg, Jane I. Guyer
261–279
Deborah James
281–304
Maxim Bolt
305–324
Horacio Ortiz
325–345
Fabian Muniesa
347–362

Forum

Priya Nelson
363–372

Book Symposium – Graham Jones, Magic’s reason: An anthropology of analogy

Rena Lederman
373–375
Mark S. Mosko
377–382
Tanya Marie Luhrmann
383–386
Margaret J. Wiener
387–391
Martin Zillinger
393–397
Graham M. Jones
399–407

Unedited

Daniel Miller
409–442

Translations

Mario Schmidt
443–445
Marcel Mauss
446–450

Reprints

Stanley J. Tambiah
451–473