Conference timetable

'Towards a non-violent anthropology'

Where: Online via Zoom

When: 12 November 2021 Friday

Time: 10:00 - 15:30



Introduction and welcome, Aivita Putniņa


Aivita Putniņa, PhD, University of Latvia

Methods of raising children in Latvia


Māra Neikena, University of Latvia

Non-violence, socialization and identity: qualitative and quantitative data review


Zane Linde-Ozola, PhD, University of Latvia

Seeking non-violence: practices of care and commitment to the welfare of other in Latvia


Lunch 11:30-12:30


Chair Gareth Hamilton, PhD


Artūrs Pokšāns, University of Tartu, University of Latvia

Autoethnographical healing: anthropological methods for living the aftermath of violence


Emmanuel Uchenna Chidozie, Leuven University

Towards a non-violent Anthropology: Evidence from the International Christian Centre, Nigeria


Knut Graw, PhD, Leuven University

Anthropology's Violence: Notes from Nonviolent Communication 


13:30 - 13:40 Coffee break



Kārlis Lakševics, University of Latvia

Beyond ethnographic sentimentalism: situating care in anthropologies against violence


Kristians Zalāns, University of Latvia

Similarities between anthropologist and pensioner: A non-violent anthropological practice as a question of precarity


14:20-14:30 Coffee break


14:30-15:30 Colloquium (guided by Zane Linde-Ozola and Māra Neikena)

Conference abstracts can be accessed here

A recording of the conference is going to be available on our Facebook page.

Conference description

We live in an era when societal events and movements focus on violence and the value of relationships (#Metoo, COVID-19 isolation, also #metooanthro, #anthrosowhite, #precanthro in anthropology) inviting us to not only take a stance but evaluate our position(s) in relation to those events. In 2020, Judith Butler published her input entitled The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind, attempting to theorize non-violence in Western political philosophy. Butler offers a metaphor of grievability – a crosscutting concept which allows for the measuring of our relationship to others, simultaneously affective, embodied and structural when looking at its global distribution. Anthropologists have long been able to grieve for the Other and this sensitivity has laid the foundations of the discipline. In recent years, suffering (Asad, 2015, Kleinman et al., 1997; Das et al., 2000; 2001), the Good (Robbins, 2013, Knauft, 2019) and the obligation towards engagement (Low and Merry, 2010, Scheper-Hughes, 2009) have been re-examined and used to find new paths within the discipline. Changes go beyond the field practice of anthropology, and touch upon academic practice – among them professional relationships in and between anthropology departments, and the training of anthropologists and of publishing.
This conference invites contributions on the active practice of non-violence and its impacts towards change in anthropological knowledge production and practice at all levels – teaching, professional communication, fieldwork, and publishing. While anthropology is a ‘moral science of possibilities’ (Carrithers, 2005),  its practice, on one hand, requires the acknowledging of inequalities, privileges and, on the other, the courage to speak out and make change.  What different futures can be envisaged for anthropology? How do we deal with our privileges and disadvantages as professionals? Is equality and solidarity essential in practicing the discipline? What inequalities do anthropologists experience globally? What are the limits of our professional and personal responsibility towards Others, including our colleagues?