Between Uneven Hermeneutics and Alterity: The Dialogical Principle in the Art – Anthropology Encounter
In his essay, Arnd Schneider discusses the term "uneven hermeneutics" as a basis for understanding different world-views (alterities) and the possibilities of their 'translation' in the art-anthropology encounter.
In anthropology, during the last decade or a little longer, a substantial theoretical debate has evolved around the issue of radical difference or alterity, and what are held to be basically incommensurable world-views (such as those of certain Amerindian societies and the West). The essay proposes 'uneven hermeneutics' as a way to 'translate' (albeit incompletely), and open for 'dialogue' with reference to the art-anthropology encounter. Examples are drawn from Schneider's fieldwork with artists in North-East Argentina, and his latest edited volume, "Alternative Art and Anthropology: Global Encounters".