Specifically with reference to the assigned readings for the Fall semester of 2016, with its focus on Canadian Anthropology, please consider the following questions.
On Canadian Anthropology:
- Why do we have, or need, an institutionalized Anthropology in Canada?
- How are we to define “Canadian Anthropology”?
- When speaking of individuals, how do we know when one is a “Canadian anthropologist”?
- Is there a Canadian Anthropology or is it just Anthropology in Canada?
- If it is “Anthropology in Canada,” then from where has it been imported?
- If what we are doing in Canada is primarily US Anthropology, then what are the consequences of our importation?
- How have we implemented US Anthropology in Canada?
- Does challenging US hegemony imply nationalism and, if so, is that a problem?
- Is US imperialism active in academia?
- Is there a Canadian epistemology? How might answers to the latter question relate to answers to “What does it mean to be Canadian?”
- Is there a perceptible outline of a “Canadian school of thought” in Anthropology?
- Are there particular topics which appear to interest Canadian anthropologists, that is, where such topics are the repeated focus of investigation by many if not most anthropologists in Canada?
- If there is value in maintaining or developing a Canadian Anthropology, then what practical steps can we take?
On the constitution of Anthropology:
- What is an anthropological problem?
- What is an anthropological question?
- What makes a research method, or theory, anthropological?
- Is Anthropology akin to a “universal science” that is relevant regardless of national boundaries, and that transcends national origins?