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 2 (2017)

Cover Page

Table of Contents

Editorial

Of rants, shortcuts, and revolutions
Giovanni da Col
i–viii

Debates

Marisol de la Cadena
1–10
Catherine Allen
11–13
Andrew Canessa
15–17
Alf Hornborg
19–21
Ciara Kierans, Kirsten Bell
23–44
David Berliner
45–49

Lectures

Terence Turner
51–70
Peter Gow
71–73
Michael Cepek
75–77
Joana Miller
79–82
Cesar Gordon
83–86
Michael Oppitz
87–90
Marshall Sahlins
91–128
Marc Abélès
129–132
Ann Fienup-Riordan
133–137
Carlo Ginzburg
139–142
Signe Howell
143–147
Marilyn Strathern
149–155
Marshall Sahlins
157–163

Articles

Alexei Yurchak
165–198
Anya Bernstein, Alexei Yurchak
199–216
Andrew Kipnis
217–238
Stephen Feuchtwang
239–242
Magnus Fiskesjö
243–247
Andrew Kipnis
249–253
Maria L. Vidart-Delgado
255–277
Laura Mentore
279–307
Matti Eräsaari
309–329
John Fahy
331–350
Mario Schmidt
351–375
Emily Yates-Doerr
377–401

Forum

Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, Ruben Caixeta, Jeremy M. Campbell, Carlos Fausto, José Antonio Kelly, Claudio Lomnitz, Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin, Caio Pompeia, Aparecida Vilaça
403–426

Book symposium – The concept of action (N. J. Enfield and Jack Sidnell)

Alessandro Duranti
427–435
William Hanks
437–441
N. J. Enfield, Jack Sidnell
451–455

Book symposium – The anthropology of intentions (Alessandro Duranti)

Eve Danziger
451–455
N. J. Enfield, Jack Sidnell
457–465
Shaun Gallagher
467–473
Alessandro Duranti
475–483

Unedited

Thomas Trautmann
485–496

Translations

John Leavitt
497–519
Lucien Sebag
521–561

Reprints

Monica Wilson
563–575