Oral Presentation Session - Invited Status Awarded
Invited by: Association of Senior Anthropologists
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students, Those Involved in Mentoring Activities
Primary Theme: Inclusivity
Secondary Theme: Identity and Equity
This session explores the experiences of senior anthropologists who have continued to visit the same research field sites for many years, including after retirement from the academy or anthropological employment. “Change in the Anthropological Imagination” underlies much of the discussion, as shifting research agendas, spanning many decades, are set against changing circumstances in the host communities themselves. Participants consider what motivates them, as senior anthropologists, to continue to travel great distances, to incur personal expense and inconvenience, in order to visit their ethnographic site; and wonder how freedom from pressures of formal employment has affected their research program. Equally importantly, changes in the attitudes of people in the host community are considered as they, along with the researcher, grow older, moving through the roles of Mother/Father, Auntie/Uncle, and finally Grandparent, to Elder – or even Ancestor. Contributions draw on long-term studies from Japan, Papua New Guinea, India, Kenya and Peru, in a session which directly addresses the themes of this year’s meetings.