Arpad Tohotom Szabo

Junior Volkswagen NewDem Fellow
Discipline: 
Anthropology
Institution: 
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Project Title: 
Re-interpreting Eastern-European scholarly transition: a glance from the intersection of ethnography and anthropology
Project Abstract: 

The research wishes to outline the relationship between ethnography and anthropology in Hungarian and Romanian contexts and to learn about the successes and failures of anthropology focusing especially on the roles of anthropology in a minority culture (Hungarians in Romania). In my interpretation anthropology as par excellence Western way of thinking in Eastern-European contexts is the mirror image of the so-called Western mentality and its institutional failures mark in fact the failures of democratization. Anthropology was willing to implement a new critical discourse, to speak about diversity and (in)equality in many fields but the academics and the wider society were sparsely receptive to such discourses. Analyzing on the one side the institutional development of ethnography and anthropology after the turn, conducting interviews on the other side with the leaders of both disciplines I would like to carry out in some sense the political anthropology of two intertwining and sometimes competing scientific fields.

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