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GDAT - the Cambridge relation

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Aron Ymous <[log in to unmask]>

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GDAT 2012 is soon upon us. 

 

I have listed below the Cambridge
connection of the previous speakers involved in GDAT. Out of 21 speakers, 13
have either gained their Ph.D. from Cambridge, are currently working there, or
are part of the Camridge ‘ontology’ clique. Either everyone outside of Cambridge
is utterly stupid with nothing interesting to contribute to such extraordinary
questions as ‘is nose-picking another name for ontology?’, or the Cambridge
mafia have taken over these debates and are essentially running an ‘in-house’
discussion which us privileged few are allowed to listen in to.

 

There have always been cliques in
Anthropology. GDAT is not an extraordinary example of corruption or inward
looking. It is, however, time it stopped. The organiser of these debates gained
her Ph.D. from Cambridge and is relating her relation only to Cambridge
relations – one must talk Cambridge-ese to be understood by them. There are
other, much worse, more pernicious examples of how this Cambridge ‘massive’
goes out of its way to support all things Cambridge within the discipline. This
email is the first to gently point out to this group that enough is enough. 

 

The relation of relations, is the
Cambridge relation to all things Cambridge

 

We anthropologists have much to
answer for. We have stood back and let this clique and all the noise they make
take over our discipline, bit by bit, in this country. It was not too long ago
one could pick up a copy of JRAI and happily read most of the articles in them.
It is unlikely one can find one article an issue which is readable nowadays.
The tide can be turned, and it will not take too much effort. We are asking for
silliness to be stopped, nothing grander.

 

 

GDAT – 2008

 

‘Is fishing another name for
ontology’ 

 

Michael Carrithers (Durham
University – though close to the Cambridge ontology crowd)

 

Matei Candea (Ph.D. from
University of Cambridge)

 

Martin
Holbraad (Ph.D. from University of Cambridge)

 

 

GDAT
– 2009

 

‘The Cambridge anthropologists’ fixation with each other leaves no place for love’

 

Rane Willerslev (Ph.D.
from University of Cambridge)

 

Perveez Modi (Cambridge)

 

 

GDAT – 2010

 

‘The task of anthropology is to fabricate, make up, just conjure out of
thin air, relations’

 

Casper Bruun Jensen (IT UNiversity of Copenhagen – organised a conference and edited a volume with Strathern, Eduardo Perspectivism Vivieros de Castro, Martin Holbraad .... and so on) Morten Pedersen (Ph.D. from University of Cambridge) James Leach (Cambridge mob groupie) 

 

 

GDAT – 2011

 

‘Non-dualism is philosophy, not ethnography’ – it’s so bad and irrelevant question I do not have the heart to mock it.

 

Michael Scott (LSE – though best friends with the Cambridge clique) Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (Cambridge) Joanna Cook (Ph.D. from University of Cambridge)  Marilyn Strathern (Cambridge)

 

GDAT – 2012


‘The concept of
neoliberalism (not ‘relations’, ‘ontology’, ‘perspectivism’) has become an
obstacle to the anthropological understanding of the twenty-first century’


James Laidlaw (Cambridge) 


Jonathan Mair (Cambridge)
 		 	   		  
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