5th Biennial Symposium “Anthropological Talks in South Tyrol”

Bozen-Bolzano, 13-16 September 2022

The Anthropological Talks in South Tyrol Biennial Symposium began in 2013 and has been under the aegis of the Malinowski Forum since 2017.
This year’s edition includes a rich program of academic and public activities.


A Screening of Savage Memory: How Do We Remember Our Dead?
(in collaboration con EVAA)

A film about Bronislaw Malinowski by Zachary Stuart and Kelly Thomson
Director Zachary Stuart will be present for the screening and a discussion
(an in-person event open to the general public)

Wenner-Gren Workshop “De-centering Anthropology by way of Malinowski”
14-15 September 2022

This workshop aims to de-center anthropology in a seeming paradox, by way of express reference to one of its most canonical names: that of Bronislaw Malinowski. By considering Malinowski as a metonym for the discipline, we can directly relate him to the theme of de-centering as regards many of the specific aspects addressed in current debates on world anthropologies and the decolonization of anthropological knowledge, production, and careers.
The Workshop brings together a group of scholars located in places around the globe associated with Malinowski’s name. We will take stock of how Malinowksi’s canon is currently received, using it as a prism for reflecting on the power configurations in the discipline today.
The aim of the Workshop is neither to celebrate nor “cancel” the figure of Malinowski: rather, we intend to draw together diverse scholars in South Tyrol – recreating the spirit of the gatherings Malinowski had with students and colleagues in Oberbozen, where Malinowski and his family lived for a decade – to create a space for disciplinary introspection and debate.
(an in-person event with limited access)

Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern (Cambridge-GB)

  • Mr. Davide Cacchioni (EHESS-FR)
  • Prof. Grayzna Kubica-Heller (U. Cracow-PL)
  • Prof. Ricardo Macip (BUAP-MX)
  • Prof. Isaac Nyamongo (U Nairobi, KE/WCAA)
  • Prof. Joy Owen (UFS-ZA)
  • Dr. Abayomi Ogunsanya (NASC-Cork, IE)
  • Emma Pizarro (LSE-GB)
  • Dr. Daniela Salvucci (unibz-IT)
  • Dr. Thomas Strong  (U. Maynooth, IE)

Prof. Michał Buchowski (U Poznan-PL)

Prof. Jayaseelan Raj (CDS-Kerala)

Argonauts of the Western Pacific: A Centenary Celebration
16 September 2022, 14:30-18:30

2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Bronislaw Malinowski’s landmark monograph, which changed the face of anthropology and its research methodology. We have invited a number of scholars and Malinowski family members to share their own stories of how this masterpiece has influenced their lives and work.
(an open, hybrid event for the academic community and others)

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