1st Edition

One World Anthropology and Beyond A Multidisciplinary Engagement with the Work of Tim Ingold

Edited By Martin Porr, Niels Weidtmann Copyright 2023
    292 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume offers a multidisciplinary engagement with the work of Tim Ingold. Involved in a critical long-term exploration of the relationships between human beings, organisms, and their environment, Ingold has become one of the most influential, innovative, and prolific writers in anthropology in recent decades. His work transcends established academic and disciplinary boundaries and his thinking continues to have a significant impact on numerous areas of research and other intellectual and artistic spheres. The contributions to this book are drawn from several fields, including social anthropology, archaeology, rock art studies, philosophy, and science and technology studies. The chapters critically engage with Ingold’s approaches and ideas in relation to a variety of case studies that include the exploration of Australian rock art, electricity in Pakistan, Spanish farmhouses and sensory dimensions of educational practices. Emphasising the importance of dialogue and debate, there is also a response to the contributions by Tim Ingold himself. The volume will appeal to a wide range of audiences and provide new avenues of theoretically informed anthropological exploration into the many realities and expressions of human life.

    Part I – Introduction 

    Tim Ingold – biographical and research overview

    Martin Porr, Niels Weidtmann, and Tim Ingold

    1 Being alive and educating attention: The persistent value of the work of Tim Ingold

    Martin Porr and Niels Weidtmann

    Part II – Knowing, perceiving, and attending

    2 Introduction: Knowing, perceiving, and attending

    Niels Weidtmann and Martin Porr

    3 Anthropology with Tim Ingold and friends

    Stephanie Bunn

    4 Artworks at a threshold: Thinking with Tim Ingold about art gallery technicians

    Laura Harris

    5 In the slipstream of participation: Attention and intention in anthropological fieldwork

    Anna Bloom-Christen

    6 Historicising creativity: An interdisciplinary perspective between the social and natural sciences

    Dylan Gaffney and Leor Zmigrod

    Part III – Anthropology and/as attention

    7 Introduction: Anthropology and/as attention

    Niels Weidtmann and Martin Porr

    8 Experiences from within: Contributions of outdoor education to anthropology

    Melanie Greiner

    9 Decolonising anthropology and/as education?

    Antony Pattathu

    Part IV The life of lines, dwelling and growing

    10 Introduction: The life of lines, dwelling and growing

    Martin Porr and Niels Weidtmann

    11 Making (of) ecology. Philosophical perspectives on Tim Ingold

    Ralf Gisinger

    12 Making and growing: The lives and deaths of a tree and a house in the Spanish dehesa

    Maike Melles

    13 Living along infrastructural lines: Following electricity in Hunza

    Quirin Rieder

    Part V Art beyond the image

    14 Introduction: Art beyond the image

    Martin Porr and Niels Weidtmann

    15 ‘Dwelling’ with Siberian rock art

    Irina A. Ponomareva

    16 Rock art conservation and living heritage: Performance and the transformation of ‘paintings’ in rock art

    Ana Paula Motta

    17 Many ways to see yams: An ecological analysis of Yam Figures in the Aboriginal rock art of Balanggarra Country, Northeast Kimberley, Western Australia

    Emily Grey and Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation

    18 Ontological reversals, correspondences, and archaeological ‘arts of noticing’

    Benjamin Alberti

    Part VI Conclusion

    19 Let the world teach! Some closing reflections

    Tim Ingold


    Martin Porr is Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Western Australia.

    Niels Weidtmann, philosophy, is Director of the College of Fellows – Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies at Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany.