An Africanist's Legacy - A Workshop in Celebration of the Work of David Parkin, Oxford, 8-9 July 2010
At the beginning of the 20th century, British social anthropology could be characterised as having simple data collection as its main focus. A century later it has evolved into a highly self-conscious and relexive post-colonial discipline that endeavours to renew itself repeatedly. Anthropology's continued strength is largely due to a generation of British anthropologists who reached maturity and began to have a major impact in the 1970s. Of that post-war/post-colonial generation, the work and career of David Parkin were crucial to these developments.
This celebratory workshop included papers that explored both his inspiration and legacy in the study of African linguistics, class formation, politics, economics, non-western legal systems, therapeutic practices and medical anthropology generally, transnational religious networks, forms of Muslim prayer, ways of 'learning' religion, dance and music, forced displacement and the material culture of loss, and cognition, as well as in the formulation of the concept of a holistic anthropology.
Here are the podcasts of three sessions, each of which is followed by a separate recording of the discussion that followed.
Credit societies and the search for school fees in Uganda: revisiting the anthropology of education (Dr David Mills, Oxford).
Discussion (chaired by Dr Lola Martinez).
Responsibilised citizens? Discourses and practices around care of the self among HIV positive people in Tanzania (Dr Nadine Beckmann, Leeds).
Discussion (chaired by Dr Soraya Tremayne).
Performing fragmentary movements: perspectives on the life-history of a Muslim dancer-choreographer (Asst Prof Zulfiker Hirji, University of York, Toronto).
Discussion (chaired by Dr Hélène Neveu).