On learning and unlearning 'objective' anthropology

  • Lisette van den Berg Independent Anthropologist


In this reflective piece I contemplate the confusion I experienced as an Afroeuropean student aspiring to be an anthropologist. I borrow from a phenomenological approach to explore my feelings and experiences as I process my thoughts on my compatibility, as a racialized woman, with the discipline of anthropology. During my training in anthropology, I developed an uneasy sense of having an embodied bias, I doubted my capacity and felt fragmented. This experience led me to a process of questioning, both myself, and the discipline and the space where we come into contact with one another.