WORLD ANTHROPOLOGICAL UNION

CONGRESS 2024​

SELECTED PANEL

( pn23 )

Anthropology and archival sources: institutional experiences and possibilities of use

Organizers

    Celso Castro

    Brazil

    School of Social Sciences FGV CPDOC

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

    Kees Koonings

    The Netherlands

    University of Utrecht & CEDLA

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

IUAES Affiliation: Documentation

Keywords:

archives, anthropology, documention, research, sources, institutions

Abstract:

The panel’s objective is to reflect on the use of archival sources in anthropological research and its relationship with ethnographic production, as well as on the constitution and organization of archives of anthropologists or related to anthropology. Archival sources pose challenges of various types: how do we locate, receive, organize, and make them open to public consultation? What specific characteristics do they have? What contribution can they make to the history of the discipline, either as material to be used in teaching or as an input for research or technical or artistic productions of different types? What is the experience of anthropologists who do research in these archives? We seek to exchange experiences and encourage reflection on the topic.

2022. Salah Punathil (2021) Archival ethnography and ethnography of archiving: Towards an anthropology of riot inquiry commission reports in postcolonial India, History and Anthropology, 32:3, 312-330.