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Roundtable Speakers:

Nancy Lindisfarne, SOAS, University of London
Title: Taking Sides: The Politics of Fieldwork and Writing Up

Andrew Sanchez, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Title: Trust and the Ethics Of Ethnography

Narmala Halstead, UEL  
Title: Interrupting the conventional

Judith Okely, University of Oxford
Title: Against hypotheses: being open to change in the field

Brief notes on speakers:

Nancy Lindisfarne taught anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has written widely on gender and the Middle East, starting with Bartered brides: Politics, gender and marriage in an Afghan tribal society (1991), while her ‘Gender for the 99 percent’ appeared this October, in Anthropology Today (October 2013, Vol 29/5).  Her email is nanstarr44@hotmail.com

Andrew Sanchez earned his doctorate in anthropology from the LSE in 2009, where he subsequently lectured from 2009 to 2012. He is currently a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, where he is conducting a three-year study of the Indian scrap metal trade. Andrew is a specialist on the anthropology of class and labour, organised crime and corruption, and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in urban India among industrial workers, trade unionists and entrepreneurs. His most recent writings on labour and corruption have been published by The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute and Critique of Anthropology. Andrew´s first monograph ‘Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and the Making of Class in an Indian Steel Town’ is in preparation for Routledge.

Narmala Halstead has conducted extensive fieldwork in Guyana and on migrants in the USA. She has also researched migrants in the UK. Her work intersects on (i) anthropological knowledge construction issues and debates; (ii) non-ethnicity, belonging, and digital transformations (iii) state, violence and open borders. She leads an urban anthropology fieldwork programme in London and supervises students on six months’ fieldwork projects among others. Her recent publications have appeared in History and Anthropology and Journal of Caribbean and Latin American Anthropology, see http://www.uel.ac.uk/lss/staff/narmalahalstead/

Judith Okely is Professor emeritus, Hull University and Associate, School of Anthropology, Oxford. Her first single authored book was ‘The Traveller-Gypsies’ 1983. Her most recent is ‘Anthropological Practice: fieldwork and the ethnographic method’ 2012.

This event is free and open; places are limited and can be booked by emailing Narmala Halstead (n.halstead@uel.ac.uk)