Whenever funding or research institutions are named that are/were directly involved in the production of Anthropology, make a note and keep a running list.
Take notes on the relationships between states and individual anthropologists.
Note which prominent political actors have had an impact on the discipline.
Some of our basic questions (in no particular order):
Who has been served the most by an institutionalized Anthropology in Western universities? In other words, who needs anthropologists the most?
What are the material conditions that influence the production of Anthropology?
What constitutes “an anthropological question”? In other words, which questions are asked, when and where, and who gets to ask them?
Is Anthropology ever really separate from politics?
When did ethnography become important for Anthropology, and why? Were Anthropologists the ones who conceived of, or innovated, ethnography?
Does the practice of Anthropology help to reproduce centre-periphery relationships? Can it/has it changed such relations in terms of the production of academic knowledge?
Is American Anthropology hegemonic, and if so, what accounts for this hegemony? What sustains it?
From where does “world anthropologies” come from, and which institutions, individuals and funding agencies are prominent within it? Where were those individuals trained in Anthropology?
With reference to the origins of institutional Anthropology and its relation to colonial regimes, what were the motivations and conditions of disciplinary knowledge production?
To what extent was/is Anthropology a part of colonial governance and administration? Reversing the question: to what extent were colonial governance and administration implicated in the production of Anthropology?
What are some of the specifically colonial foundations and origins of our practices? (That is, rooted in conditions of colonization and colonial governance.)
Was Anthropology simply constrained by colonialism, or did colonialism lie much deeper within Anthropology?
In which ways and to what extent is the production of knowledge in Anthropology shaped, or motivated, constrained, and determined by the structures of the university and the funding of research?
To what extent does institutional Anthropology’s practice resemble or parallel the foreign policies of its home states?
What constitutes “Canadian anthropology”?
Was there a Canadian anthropological “tradition”? What has become of it?
What are the future prospects for a Canadian anthropology?