18 Jan 2013

TA45 – GDAT#1 neoliberalism

Posted by Thomas Lohninger

This episode is another non regular one and comes from the University of Manchester Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory (GDAT). The motion to be debated is: The concept of neoliberalism has become an obstacle to the anthropological understanding of the twenty-first century.

The motion will be proposed by James Laidlaw (Cambridge) and Jonathan Mair (Cambridge and Manchester). It will be opposed by Thomas Hylland Eriksen (Oslo) and Keir Martin (Manchester).

The Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory (GDAT) aims to generate stimulating discussions on anthropological theory through a debate format. The first debate was held in 1988 in Manchester, and the debates became an annual fixture after that. Following a break of 8 years between 1999 and 2007, the annual debate was revived in 2008 with financial support from Critique of Anthropology.
For those of you who have not attended previous debates, the format is as follows. A motion is proposed for debate. Two speakers argue for the motion and two against the motion. Each speaker is given 20 minutes. After a short break, everyone reassembles for questions and general discussion. Finally the motion is put to vote by a show of hands.

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  1. […] UPDATE (31 Jan 2013): The audio recording of the debate is now available here. […]


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