Internationalization and ‘scientific nationalism’
The International Institute of African Languages and Cultures between the wars
in Ordering Africa
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The International Institute of African Languages and Cultures (IIALC) offer a privileged opportunity to look at the tension between the drives of international cooperation and 'scientific nationalism'. The creation of the IIALC was indeed symptomatic of, and contributed to, the internationalization of the colonial debate in the interwar period. This chapter focuses on the growing divergence within the IIALC between anthropological research programs developed by the French and those developed by the British. Later in 1927, Labouret elaborated upon his proposal for an Ethnological Department of the Institute. It was to be structured as an international pyramidal system, topped by the Institute's two Directors assisted by European experts. In December 1928, the Executive Council endorsed Bronislaw Malinowski's program of 'Practical anthropology' as its official policy. After World War II, a more traditional version of anthropology, gained momentum in Britain with the rapid establishment of social anthropology in universities.

Ordering Africa

Anthropology, European imperialism, and the politics of knowledge

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