Consent, Collaboration, Treaty: Toward Anti-Colonial Praxis in Indigenous-Settler Research Relations

This suite of papers seeks to lay out some possible contours of research praxis for anthropologists and other scholars involved in seeking paths of anti-colonial engagement in contemporary Settler-Indigenous encounters. Notably, we take up the challenge that Michael Asch presented more than a decade ago in his Weaver-Tremblay Talk: Asch, M. (2001). Indigenous self-determination and applied anthropology in Canada: finding a place to stand. November 2015, 57(2).

An Amphibious Anthropology: Contested Waters in Contested Landscapes 

We bring together a selection of articles that reflects the surging interest within anthropology on water as an object of study in its own right. Water is treated as a subject of cultural knowledge but also at times exceeding human knowability. Theoretically, this collection of articles moves away from a conception of water as a commodity and seeks to bridge the opposition between the meaning and materiality of water. Thus, rather than a neutral backdrop on which culture happens or acts upon, water is seen as deeply entwined in cultural imagination, the production of social meaning as well as both formed by and formative of power. May 2016, 58(1).