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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Vol 8, No 1-2 (2018)

Cover Page

Table of Contents

Editorial

Beginnings
Giovanni da Col
i–iv

In Memoriam

Saba Mahmood, Danilyn Rutherford
1–5

Lectures

Aparecida Vilaça
6–19
Geoffrey E. R. Lloyd
20–22
Helen Verran
23–26
Webb Keane
27–38
Tim Ingold
39–44
Webb Keane
45–47

Debates

Anders Burman
48–64

Articles

Rane Willerslev, Christian Suhr
65–78
T. M. Luhrmann
79–82
Michael W. Scott
83–86
Jacob Copeman, John Hagström
87–91
Christian Suhr, Rane Willerslev
92–96
Susan Reynolds Whyte, Michael Whyte, David Kyaddondo
97–108
Uli Beisel, Sandra Calkins, Richard Rottenburg
109–113
Tobias Kelly
114–128
Radhika Govindrajan
129–143

Special Section: Toward a New Humanism

Thomas Schwarz Wentzer, Cheryl Mattingly
144–157
Tim Ingold
158–171
Cheryl Mattingly
172–184
Michael Jackson
185–196
C. Jason Throop
197–210

Special Section Colloquia

Thomas Schwarz Wentzer
211–222
Rasmus Dyring
223–235

Special Section: The Real Economy—Part II

Federico Neiburg, Jane I. Guyer
236–238
Caitlin Zaloom
239–251
Mariana Luzzi, Ariel Wilkis
252–264
Fernando Rabossi
265–281

Special Section Colloquium

Bill Maurer
282–291

Special Section: Anthropologies of Destiny: Action, Temporality, Freedom

Alice Elliot, Laura Menin
292–299
Luca Nevola
300–313
Daniel Guinness
314–328
Stéphanie Homola
329–342
Samuli Schielke
343–346

Translations

The problem of affinity in Amazonia
Giovanni da Col, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro
347–393

Reprints

Oedipus and Job in West African religion: The 1956 Frazer Lecture
Meyer Fortes
394–413