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 6, No 3 (2016)

Cover Page

Table of Contents

Editorial

Auld lang syne
Michael Lambek, Amira Mittermaier
i–iv

Debates

Deana Jovanović
1–6

Lectures

Rupert Stasch
7–27

Lectures: Teleologies of Structuralism

Alejandro I. Paz
29–31
Philippe Descola
33–44
Michael Lambek
45–52
Christopher Ball
53–60
Danilyn Rutherford
61–77
Michael Silverstein
79–84

Articles

Diana Espírito Santo
85–106
Carlos David Londoño Sulkin
107–133
Fuambai Sia Ahmadu
135–137

Special Section - Language and Political Economy, Revisited

Andrew Graan
139–149
Miyako Inoue
151–177
Francis Cody
179–199
Bonnie Urciuoli
201–221
Ilana Gershon
223–246
Rosemary J. Coombe
247–275
Andrew Graan
277–303
Amahl Alexis Bishara
305–330
Susan Gal
331–335

Colloquia

Paul Kockelman
337–365

Forum

Richard Handler, Ira Bashkow, Jacqueline Solway, Lee D. Baker, Gregory Schrempp
367–386

Book Symposium - Before and after gender: Sexual mythologies of everyday life (Marilyn Strathern)

Sarah Green
387–391
Margaret Jolly
393–399
Annemarie Mol
401–407
Marilyn Strathern
409–411

Book Symposium - Divination's grasp: African encounters with the almost said (Richard Werbner)

Frederick Klaits
413–418
David Coplan
419–423
Sónia Silva
425–431
Richard Werbner
433–441

Unedited

Julian Pitt-Rivers
443–452

Reprints

Michael Taussig
453–483
Jean Pouillon
485–492