HAU, Journal of Ethnographic Theory

HAU, Journal of Ethnographic Theory

 

HAU, Journal of Ethnographic Theory, is a new, international, peer-reviewed, open-access and copyleft journal which aims to situate ethnography as the prime heuristic of anthropology, and return it to the forefront of conceptual developments in the discipline.

The journal covers a wide range of topics, and will publish articles focusing on any region of the world, beyond the Himalayas. Its current Managing Editor is Stéphane Gros, researcher at the Centre for Himalayan Studies (CNRS).

The inaugural issue will be available online on November 30, 2011. See the preview at haujournal.org.

 

The idea for the journal arose from two concerns. The first relates to the increased relevance allocated in the discipline to philosophical and social theory at the expense of ethnography, and the second to the wider crisis in academic publishing and the possibilities afforded by the digital revolution and the recent open-access initiatives in the humanities.

HAU welcomes submissions that strengthen ethnographic engagement with received knowledges, and revive the vibrant themes of anthropology through debate and engagement with other disciplines, exploring domains held until recently to be the province of economics, philosophy and the natural sciences. The journal is motivated by the need to reinstate ethnographic theorization in contemporary anthropology as a potent alternative to its “explanation” or “contextualization” by philosophical arguments, moves which have resulted in a loss of the discipline’s distinctive theoretical nerve.

HAU shall also include non-peer review sections for special essays (i.e., lectures or unedited manuscripts) and two further sections for translations and reprinting of classics of ethnographic theory.

 

Editors in Chief: Giovanni da Col (Cambridge) and Justin Shaffner (Mary Washington University)

Managing Editor: Stephane Gros (CNRS)

Editor-at-Large: David Graeber (Goldsmiths)

Associate Editor: Rachel Douglas Jones (Durham)

Editorial Assistants: Philip Swift, Mylene Hengen (EHESS), Harriet Boulding (SOAS)

 


Stéphane Gros

Stéphane Gros is a social anthropologist at the CNRS (France), Centre for Himalayan Studies. He is the author of a monograph on the Drung, a long-deprived minority of swidden agriculturalists of Northwest Yunnan province in China (La Part manquante, 2012), and has written numerous articles and book chapters on issues of interethnic relations and representations of ethnic minorities, poverty and categorization, as well as rituals and cosmology. He has edited or co-edited four collections of relevance to ethnographic theory, Chinese studies, and area studies. For 2012-2016, he was the Principal Investigator for a collaborative project titled “Territories, Communities, and Exchanges in the Kham Sino-Tibetan Borderlands”, funded by a ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant. More recently, his personal research investigates aspects of kinship and social organization, conversion to Christianity, as well as heritage politics and environmental discourses in this region

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