Anthropen/ WCAA Multilingual LAB
Anthropen/ WCAA Multilingual Lab – SEMINARS 2022-2023
In 2022 and 2023, Multilingual Lab is organizing a series of five online roundtables: 1) Privilege, 2) Minority/Minorisation, 3) Gender/Sexuality, 4) Universals, and 5) Imperialism.
Contributions will specifically address the terms that have historically been, and are currently associated with, the notion centered in each event. In each presentation, emphasis will be put on the manners in which linguistic and intellectual traditions, shaped by historical contexts, reflect plural and situated understandings. Participants are invited to forefront specific words – key concepts, metaphors, or other stylistic devices – and provide a commentary on those words.
The proposed roundtables are experimental in nature. They aim to explore avenues by which a multilingual dictionary can lean into linguistic plurality rather than circumvent it by the simple juxtaposition of contributions in different languages or flatten it by a process of translation. This means that although we have tried to provide general orientations for the content of the presentations, participants should expect a degree of experimentation in terms of format.
Anthropen is a French-language platform where international specialists, professors, researchers, doctoral and post-doctoral students from different intellectual and theoretical backgrounds are invited to write entries based on critical feedback and reviews provided upstream, followed by an evaluation in accordance with scholarly standards.
The aim of the Anthropenonline dictionary project is to report on the transformations that anthropology has undergone in recent decades in conjunction with a questioning of its theoretical formulations, fields of research and methodological choices. Its ambition is to provide anthropology researchers, teachers, students and other interested individuals with an open access tool for capturing new configurations of the discipline in a way that reflects their full scope, timeliness and diversity.
The Anthropen dictionary is rooted in the discipline of anthropology but is also open to the cultural sciences. It is furthermore in dialogue with the various anthropologies being developed in different languages and from diverse scientific and cultural intellectual backgrounds.
World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA)
The World Council of Anthropological Associations, formed in 2004, is an association of associations from around the world. Each association member is represented by a delegate: a president or representative. As of this writing in 2021 there are 54 member associations, representing tens of thousands of anthropologists. The WCAA has meetings every two years, attended by its representatives and delegates, generally taking place at meetings of World Anthropology Congress. The WCAA also meets at other large meetings of anthropologists around the world several times a year. The WCAA has a Chair and an Organizing Committee, elected every two years from representatives around the world, who discuss the WCAA’s activities at monthly meetings and decide on policy matters of a more urgent sort than can be discussed at the WCAA semi-annual meetings.
The WCAA emerged from conversations about world anthropologies, with the aim of promoting a more diverse exchange among anthropologists globally. There have always been very close connections between world-systems of power and disciplines such as anthropology. There has been an Americentrism and Eurocentrism in the discipline, whereby certain anthropologies are imposed as central and others are seen as alternative or peripheral. The WCAA seeks to raise awareness of this situation, and to promote and champion anthropologies around the world as engaged in a truly global endeavor.
The Anthropen/ WCAA Multilingual Lab seeks to contribute to key contemporary debates in anthropology by bringing attention both to emerging concepts and to stimulating re-readings of classical notions within the broad field of the sciences of culture.