Detailed information about the course
Ethnography as exchange: Power, money, debt.
Sept. 20.-22. 2018
|Lang||Workshop language is English|
Prof. Heinzpeter Znoj, Uni BE
Aldo Haessler, Université de Caen
Kathrin Oester, PH Bern
Colonial anthropology proclaimed that „informants" should not be paid in oder to avoid a possible economic interest affecting the way they represent their own culture. Although based both on the objectivist scientific ideals of the period and the necessary authority to convince natives to provide services without pay – that anthropology took part of in the colonial era – this professional ethic seems still to be widespread today, even as the discipline has moved beyond objectivist ideals and has adapted to its postcolonial condition. It is still considered little appropriate to pay research partners, and fears of their exploitation by the anthropologist still linger. But it seems evident that fieldwork relationships between anthropologists and research partners have nevertheless changed and so have the reasons to avoid payment. Payment seems inappropriate today not because the objectivity of the data could be jeopardized but because it connotes the commercialization of the research partnership. Rather than as a business transaction, anthropologists frame the exchanges taking place during fieldwork in a non-capitalist way.
Schloss Ueberstorf FR
Participation fee CHF 50
|Deadline for registration||01.09.2018|