Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
Byrne, Anne
15th European Association of Social Anthropologists, Biennial Conference
Silence, silence. The story is (not) done’: redeploying the Harvard-Irish Mission (1930-1936) archive for the present. ‘Writing the History of Anthropology in a Global Era’
Stockholm, Sweden
International Refereed Conference
Optional Fields
Abstract How might anthropological archives be expanded to articulate concerns of the present? Using a multi-disciplinary perspective on the Harvard-Irish Mission (1930-1936), exemplars on sharing the gift of the archive for diverse interests are interrogated for future use. 1. Reception, Representation and Recognition The publications and archives of the Harvard-Irish Mission (HIM) to Ireland continue to excite public interest. Artists, film, TV and radio documentary makers deploy the publications and archives of the social anthropology in particular to give expression to their engagement with and vision of contemporary issues in rural Ireland. For example, Seán Ó Mordha’s documentary film The Home Place (2011) is posited on the central position of the family farm in Irish history and culture, connecting families across generations, space and time. Land ownership, the rural economy and current challenges of making a living from family farming are linked to Arensberg and Kimball’s account in a form of documentary ‘revisiting’. Similarly, Brian O Connell’s radio series Ties That Bind (2016) compared how much has changed in his home place, family and community life since the visit of the Harvard-Irish anthropologists in Clare.
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Humanities in Context