10 May 2023 15:00 - 16:00 Online, via Zoom


‘Ethno-Science’ is a reading group dedicated to programmatic and critical texts on the changing relationship between scientific knowledge and what is variously called local, ‘indigenous’ or ‘native’ knowledges. Our starting point is the eighteenth-century travel instructions that asked naturalists to routinely record indigenous names and knowledge. We explore economic botany, zoology, ethnography, and other strands of nineteenth-century natural history relying on systematic surveys of national and colonial territories, and the eventual consolidation of ethno-disciplines in the twentieth century. The aim is to understand the relationship between reifications and reinterpretations of ‘savage’, ‘indigenous’, ‘native’ or ‘primitive’ knowledge and corresponding field practices of interrogation and interaction with local informants. We are interested in the putative shifts towards increasingly global awareness and calls for the incorporation of ‘traditional’ knowledge in political and scientific discourses.

In Easter Term 2023, we want to turn to sources: the travel journals, field notes and interview records that allow insights into the negotiations and interactions at the shifting boundaries between ‘Science and Its Others’. In each session, we will discuss extracts from sources selected by a member in the reading group that will also introduce them.

The meetings take place monthly, on Wednesdays from 3 to 4pm during the Easter term. All welcome.

This week, the group meeting will be led by Paula López-Caballero and will discuss the following text:

  • The Sol Tax expedition to Zinacantán, Chiapas (Mexico, 1942–3)

To join via Zoom, or if you have queries about the events or reading, please don’t hesitate to email Raphael Uchôa or Staffan Müller-Wille.

gloknos is initially funded for 5 years by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya for her project ARTEFACT (2017-2022). ARTEFACT is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 724451). For information about gloknos or ARTEFACT please contact the administrator in the first instance.

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