Last call.  Sorry for short notice.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS
For the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
(November 16-20, 2011, Montreal, QC, Canada). 


SESSION TITLE
Collusion: Theorizing Academics, the University and the State

ORGANIZER
Alex Posecznick, Teachers College, Columbia University; aposecznick@yahoo.com.

WORKING ABSTRACT

As anthropologists in the 21st century, we are trained to be sensitive to our
own positionality in the field and the ways that knowledge production is
necessarily embedded in a social, political and economic milieu.  And yet, many
of us, as academics, remain less critically aware of our own ambiguous,
contradictory positions in the commodification of education, the fetishizing of
intellectual achievement, and in the projects of the neoliberal university.  We
decry the marginalized other in our fieldwork, but our departments rely on
under-employed and under-appreciated adjunct instructors and exploit the labor
of teaching assistants, who are heavily relied upon to teach the undergraduate
masses.  This session invites papers that both reflect on the ways that
scholars and academics collude with and creatively resist oppressive practices
in the University.  It challenges academics to engage the institutional rituals,
policies and practices that reproduce inequity in their own departments and
institutions, while theorizing the historical and contemporary relationship
between individual agents, global systems of knowledge production, institutions
of higher education and the state.

KEY WORDS:
Reflexivity, Politics of Knowledge, the Neoliberal University, Elites,
Engagement

INTERESTED?
If you would like to participate in this session, please send your name, contact
information, paper title and abstract to Alex at Aposecznick@yahoo.com BY MARCH
1, 2011. 

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