Vortrag im Oberseminar
Dr. Philipp Schorch (Institut für Ethnologie, LMU)
Revisiting Samoan-German Legacies: 'Anthropology's Interlocutors' and the Ethnographic Condition
Anthropology has often been seen as the handmaiden of colonialism, as a scientific enterprise developing in the shadow and service of colonial expansion. This view lingers on in the present and often puts Indigeneity at loggerheads with anthropology and its alleged scientific intrusions. This paper unsettles these dichotomous oppositions by revisiting Samoan-German legacies. It shows how the (pre)colonial encounter caused cross-cultural realities that had to be experienced, studied and understood – thus shaping an ethnographic condition established through interlocutions, navigated for mutual manipulations, and permeated with an ambivalent dialectics oscillating between salvage and vanishing, cooperation and resistance, stabilization and subversion. On the German colonial side, the ambivalent tension between governmentality and anthropology was personified in governors-cum-scholars such as Dr. Wilhelm Solf and Dr. Erich Schultz. In the (post)colonial Samoan response, the same ambivalent ethnographic condition can be observed in contemporary art through which Samoan artists-cum-scholars, such as Yuki Kihara, Rosanna Raymond and Leafa Wilson aka Olga Krause, speak back to and subvert racial hierarchies and other anthropological frameworks while selectively using ethnographic resources for the revitalization of cultural practices. Returning the ethnographic gaze and re-writing the anthropological perspective, then, paradoxically perpetuates the ethnographic condition and lends it an inescapable quality.
Wann? Montag, 6. Februar 2017 , 18 Uhr
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