Benoît de L'Estoile

website / blestoile@gmail.com / CNRS, Ecole normale supérieure, PSL Research University

Special Focus: Fields, Furrows, and Landmarks in the History of Anthropology

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Unsettling the History of Anthropology

A land without men for men without land!” ran the slogan for the colonization of Amazonia under the military regime in Brazil, in full swing in 1973. That same year, George W. Stocking urged intellectual historians to grab fertile fields sporadically occupied by a small band of anthropologists. The History of Anthropology Newsletter (HAN) was explicitly devised to provide these hardy pioneers with a set of tools to plow this promising land, driving away dilettante hunter-gatherers trying to “hang around indefinitely.” Continue reading