Petr Skalník

is a political anthropologist and Africanist specialising in state and chiefdom studies. He was educated in Prague, Leningrad and Cape Town. He taught African Studies, Social Anthropology, and Political Science at universities in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Poland, Lithuania, and France, and gave invited lectures on five continents. He did fieldwork in the Caucasus, Slovakia, Ghana, southern Africa, Papua New Guinea, the Azores, the Czech Republic, and Poland. He edited or co-edited two dozen books, including The Early State (1978), The Study of the State (1981), Outwitting the State (1989), The Early Writings of Bronislaw Malinowski (1993), A Post-communist Millennium: The Struggles for Sociocultural Anthropology in Central and Eastern Europe (2002), Anthropology of Europe: Teaching and Research (2005), Studying Peoples in People’s Democracies: Socialist Era Anthropology in East-Central Europe (2005), Postsocialist Europe: Anthropological Perspectives from Home (2009), Africanists on Africa: Current Issues (2010), Africa: Power and Powerlessness (2011), Actors in Contemporary African Politics (2013), Anthropology as Social Critique. Its Public Role in the Globalized World (2018), and Mutual Impact: Conflict, Tensions and Cooperation in Opole Silesia (2018). In 1992–1997 he served as the Ambassador of Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic to Lebanon. In 2003–2013 he was the Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. He was also awarded the Chevalier dans l´Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

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