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Anthropology, European imperialism, and the politics of knowledge

Many questions present themselves when considering the historical relationship between anthropology and empire following the Scramble for Africa. These include the extent of imperial fortunes in Africa, rising and falling with officials' knowledge of the people under their jurisdiction. This book looks at the institutional frameworks of anthropology, and shows that the colonial project to order Africa, intellectually and politically, was a messy and not-so comprehensive endeavor. It first considers the roles of metropolitan researchers and institutes such as the colonial ethnographers active in French West Africa, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in Berlin, and the British-based International Institute of African Languages and Cultures. The book deals with the role of African ethnograpghers for their study on African teaching assistants and schoolmasters-cum-ethnographers, and the study of Jomo Kenyatta's journey to produce Facing Mount Kenya. Swiss missionaries undertook discovery and domestication first on European soil before it was transferred to African soils and societies. Primordial imagination at work in equatorial Africa is discussed through an analysis of Fang ethnographies, and the infertility scares among Mongo in the Belgian Congo is contrasted with the Nzakara in the French Congo. Once colonial rule had been imposed, administrators and imperial managers were often forced to consider those judicial and social rules that had governed Africans' lives and had predated colonialism. Studies of Italian Northeast Africa, the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan and French West Africa reveal the uneven ways in which ethnographic knowledge was pursued and applied in this respect.

Administration, ethnography and gender
Barbara Sòrgoni

produced between 1902 and 1922 concerning aspects of the so-called customary laws: local justice in the western lowlands and the highlands of Eritrea, domestic and private customs, and the way Pollera defined ‘tradition’ while acting as colonial civil judge. His ethnographic knowledge evolved over time and reciprocally influenced his administrative practice. These two aspects

in Ordering Africa
Hugh Lenox Scott (1853–1934) and the United States’ imperial expansion
Stefan Eklöf Amirell

In his study of US Army officer Hugh Lenox Scott, Stefan Eklöf Amirell uses the biography of Scott to decentre our understanding of US imperialism. By meticulously pursuing the question of the normal versus the exceptional in Scott’s trajectory, Amirell demonstrates the complexity of white male US imperialism. It was an endeavour which combined ruthless violence, mortifying stereotypes and romanticism with a genuine curiosity for Native American life. Scott’s ethnographic capital would turn out to be a military career asset, positioning him as a gifted negotiator in US colonial hotspots in the Philippines and Cuba. Indeed, Scott’s trajectory forces us to rethink conventional narratives of the military’s role in imperial projects – such as for instance the link, made by sociologist George Steinmetz, between a military habitus, the readiness to use violence and the denigration of ethnographic knowledge – while also posing the wider challenge of how to conceptualize imperialism so as to be able to contain figures like Scott in our narratives. Amirell uses the exceptional normal as an optic by which to measure Hugh Lenox Scott against the standards of his time and at the same time shows the exceptional normal as a problem in global historical method and perspective.

in Global biographies
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Modelling, ethnography and the challenge of the anthropocene
Hannah Knox

. 2016), smart cities (Gabrys 2007, 2014) and environmental sciences (Fortun 2004). In these fields the challenges and possibilities associated with new forms of data extend beyond algorithmic methods for cross-referencing data points, and include such issues as the potential and risks of machine learning and artificial intelligence, the development of modelling techniques for predictive analytics and the development of methods for better visualising and communicating data from environmental sensors. If we have begun to develop some idea of how ethnographic knowledge

in Ethnography for a data-saturated world
Notes on developing a photo-ethnographic practice in Basilicata
Lorenzo Ferrarini

ethnomusicological archive, he employed the three media of film, sound recording and photography to support and document his research, an approach that was pioneering for the context of the Italian social sciences of the time. However, it is important to remember that De Martino saw writing as the only way to properly convey his findings, and mostly used photographs in an illustrative manner in some of his books. As much as he valued photographs in the research phase, he undervalued them as ways to present ethnographic knowledge in an academic context (Faeta 1999 : 85–6). Still

in Sonic ethnography
From Bisipara to Aotearoa
Erica Prussing

insight into these strategic sensibilities and decisions. Morality, political conflict, and ethnographic knowledge There are clearly substantial differences between ethnographic work drawn from the daily flow of social life in a localized Indian village in the 1950s, and a more workplace-focused study of professional researcher

in The anthropology of power, agency, and morality
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Africa, imperialism, and anthropology
Helen Tilley

twentieth century were as concerned to support ethnographic and folklore research about European populations as they were to encourage overseas research in colonial territories (e.g. Smith 1991; Urry 1993b; Penny and Bunzl 2003: intro). 20 If anthropology was relatively marginal to empires when considered in a comparative disciplinary context, ethnographic knowledge was nonetheless central to the

in Ordering Africa
Gary Wilder

epistemological status of administrative and scientific discourses than with the colonial projects with which these discourses were entwined. As an alternative, my account will contribute to a growing literature that explores the nexus between ethnographic knowledge and colonial government in France and West Africa (Harrison 1988; Robinson 1992; L’Estoile 1997, 2000; Conklin

in Ordering Africa
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A Tongan ‘akau in New England
Ivan Gaskell

National University Press, 2016); P. Schorch and N.M.K.Y. Kahanu, ‘Forum as Laboratory: The CrossCultural Infrastructure of Ethnographic Knowledge and Material Potentialities’, Joining the club in Prinzip Labor: Museumsexperimente im Humboldt Lab Dahlem (Berlin: Nicolai, 2015), pp. 241–8; P. Schorch and N.M.K.Y. Kahanu, ‘Anthropology’s Interlocutors: Hawai’i Speaking Back to Ethnographic Museums in Europe’, Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, 1 (2015), 114–17. 19 E Kū Ana Ka Paia: Unification, Responsibility and the Kū Images, Honolulu: Bishop Museum. 20 ‘He

in Curatopia
Learning from Māori curatorship pastand present
Conal McCarthy, Arapata Hakiwai, and Philipp Schorch

usually refers to Māori people as a whole. 47 Sissons, First Peoples, 11. 48 Schorch, McCarthy and Hakiwai, ‘Globalizing Māori Museology’. 49 Lindsay, Taonga Maori Conference. 50 Mead in Lindsay, Taonga Maori Conference, 164–9. 51 Ibid., 9–10. 52 Ibid., 7. 53 P. Schorch and N. Kahanu, ‘Forum as Laboratory: The Cross-Cultural Infrastructure of Ethnographic Knowledge and Material Potentialities’, in Prinzip Labor: Museumsexperimente im Humboldt Lab Dahlem (Berlin: Nicolai, 2015), pp. 241–8. 54 Conal McCarthy and Philipp Schorch, interview with Awhina Tamarapa

in Curatopia