MCPH holds workshop on ethics and anthropology2 min read
Engaged Anthropology 2012 was a forum for serious academic scholars particularly in the field of social sciences to reflect and exchange ideas about ethical pluralism, systems of inequality and their relevance to social science research methods.
The lecture flagged off with a lecture delivered by Prof. John Borneman on the case of Syria among Arab revolts. Following this lecture was a series of open discussions on various issues ranging from ethics to application of the same in the field of anthropological studies. The discussion forum was proposed by professors from Princeton such as Carol Greenhouse, Carolyn Rouse, Sergei Sokolovskiy and the faculty members of MCPH.
Talking about the kind of ethics to be enforced in anthropology, Director of MCPH Dr. Sundar Sarukkai explained, “We understand that because the subjects of anthropology are human beings, there is ethics. But if you compare ethics in anthropology to the kind of rigorous ethical committees in medical institutions (which also deal in human beings), anthropology does not appear to engage with ethics in as real or substantial way.”
Highlighting the aspect of collaborative studies and research, Dr. Meera Baindur, Assistant Professor, MCPH added, “This workshop was a serious engagement with the idea of collaborative anthropology. For MCPH, which has a strong focus on research, this international workshop allowed us to share concepts and ideas from our own insights within the Indian context with the larger anthropological research community. This also allowed a rich exchange of views on anthropological perspectives from multiple vantage points.”
Speaking on previous such sessions, Jobin Mathew, a final year PhD student of MCPH and organising coordinator of this workshop said, “Last December, a session was held in MCPH in collaboration with Situating Science, a Canadian Organisation on Science from a human perspective while this year the session has been conducted on the role of ethics in anthropology.”
The workshop was attended by anthropologists, faculty and students of MCPH.
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman