CASCA Plenary - KEYNOTE
The growth of knowledge in the landscape of memory
4:00 - 5:30
Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen
More than any other discipline in the human sciences, anthropology has the means and the determination to show how knowledge grows from the crucible of lives lived with others. This knowledge consists not in propositions about the world but in the skills of perception and capacities of judgement that develop in the course of direct, practical and sensuous engagements with our surroundings. Thus knowing and growing are inseparable, and ways of knowing are to be differentiated by the paths they take through the landscape of memory, rather than by conclusions reached and set down for posterity. It follows that practices of learning and teaching, long and unjustly marginalised in an anthropology that remains obsessed with the shapes and forms of mature thought, should be restored to the centrality they deserve. Fundamentally, our concern should not be not with philosophies but with generations of being, not with ontologies but with ontogenies.
Session Chair : Frederic Laugrand, Department of Anthropology, Laval University