SAE at the Annual Meeting

William A. Douglass Distinguished Lecture, Café Europa, Prizewinners, and Fourteen Exciting Panels

The 2017 AAA Annual Meeting is fast-approaching, and SAE has a diverse and exciting line-up of panels and events—including our central event, the William A. Douglass Distinguished Lecture, which will take place on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. (Marriott, Coolidge). This year’s lecture will be delivered by Professor Maria Todorova (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and is entitled “To the Center Via the Periphery (By Way of the Balkans).”

This year marks the third year of SAE’s convivial “Café Europa,” featuring open roundtables and buffet-style food and wine, as part of Thursday’s evening of Europeanist anthropology. This year in Washington, the four roundtables will follow the Douglass Lecture on Thursday, November 30, 2017, from 9:15–10:30 p.m.

Café Europa (3-1570): “Beyond Empathy: Tarrying with the Disagreeable,” with Nitzan Shoshan (El Colegia de Mexico)
Café Europa (3-1575): “Silence and Child (Dis)placement,” with Stavroula Pipyrou (University of St. Andrews)
Café Europa (3-1580): “The Commons and Commoning in Contemporary Europe,” with Azra Hromadzic (Syracuse University)
Café Europa (3-1578): SAE 2017 Graduate Student Paper Competition Finalists

Additionally, Café Europa will feature late-breaking roundtables on topics of interest to attendees.

SAE is delighted to sponsor fourteen panels this year, including two invited sessions. Of particular note is the annual session that brings together recent winners, jurists, and reviewers of the William A. Douglass Prize to honor last year’s winner Maple Razsa (Bastards of Utopia: Living Radical Politics after Socialism). This session will foster energetic conversations about new directions in Europeanist anthropology.

Here are the panels sponsored by SAE:

  1. Negotiating Difficult Pasts: Collective memory and amnesia in the European context (Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.)
  2. Performing Identity: Subcultures and social movements in neoliberal Europe (Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.)
  3. Cycles of Hatred and Rage: What Right Wing Extremists in Europe and Their Parties Tell Us About the U.S.  (Thursday, 10:15 a.m.)
  4. Integration, Indigeneity, Identity: How states and communities receive (internal) Others (Thursday, 10:15 a.m.)
  5. Surviving Austerity in Europe: Autonomy and dependencies between entrepreneurship and solidarity (Thursday, 10:15 a.m.)
  6. Embodying Austerity in Europe: Pain, Anger, and the Politics of Care (Friday, 10:15 a.m.)
  7. The Politics of Affect: Anthropological Perspectives On The Rise Of Far-Right and Right-Wing Populism in Europe and the USA: What’s Inequality Got To Do With It? (Part 2) (Friday, 10:15 a.m.; Invited Session)
  8. Prize-Winning Ethnography and the ‘Bastards’ of Social Movements (Friday, 4:15 p.m.)
  9. The New War Frontiers in Europe (Friday, 4:15 p.m.)
  10. Brexit Matters: Transformations in Regional, National and European Integration (Saturday, 8:00 a.m.; Invited Session)
  11. Displaced Solidarities: Empathy, Resistance, Compromise (Saturday, 10:15 a.m.)
  12. Migration Matters: Crisis, Policy, and Engaging with Displacement at the Margins and Core of Europe (Saturday, 10:15 a.m.)
  13. Re-Examining Minority Nationalism: Renewing Anthropological Interest in the Celtic Fringe (Saturday, 10:15 a.m.)
  14. Provocations of European Ethnology Twenty Years Later: Probing the Limits of the Ethnographically Knowable (Saturday, 2:00 p.m.)

Finally, SAE is excited to announce the winners of the 2017 prizes: the SAE Graduate Student Paper Prize, the SAE-CES (Society of the Anthropology of Europe-Council for European Studies) Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship, and the William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology.

This year’s SAE Graduate Student Paper Prize is awarded to Görkem Aydemir Kundakçı (George Washington University) for her paper “Homes in Decay: Long-term Displacement and Urban Collective Centers in Post-Soviet Georgia.” The Graduate Student paper prize was chaired by Bilge Firat (Texas A&M University) and the review committee included Tanya Richardson (Wilfrid Laurier University), Neringa Klumbyte (Miami University), and Jennifer Carroll (Brown University).

This year’s pre-dissertation fellowship goes to Bürge Abiral (Johns Hopkins University) for “Co-Existing with Pests and Weeds in the Anthropocene: The Ethics and Practice of Ecological Cultivation in Turkey.” The SAE-CES pre-dissertation fellowship offers a $5,000 direct award to support a minimum of eight weeks of field research in Europe, some of which may be used to support attendance at the AAA to celebrate the receipt of the award. It also sponsors a one-time travel grant to attend and present at the CES International Conference of Europeanists. The recipients of the fellowship are also offered an opportunity to publish an article on their research in Perspectives on Europe, which is CES’s semi-annual journal in European studies, and are given professional networking opportunities and early-career development activities with other CES fellows.

The winner of the William A. Douglass Prize for 2017 is Nitzan Shoshan for his book, The Management of Hate: Nation, Affect, and the Governance of Right-Wing Extremism in Germany. The committee was chaired by Sarah Green (SAE President-Elect) and included Catarina Frois (Centre for Research in Anthropology, ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal) and Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (Panel Judge, HSE, St. Petersburg, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Russia).

The fellowship winner will be honored during the SAE business meeting (Friday, 12:15–1:30 p.m.) and the book prize winner at the 2017 Douglass Distinguished Lecture (Thursday, 7:45–9:00 p.m.). Many congratulations to this year’s winners, and see you in Washington!

Jessica Robbins is assistant professor at Wayne State University.

Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Columbia University) and Jessica Robbins (Wayne State University) are contributing editors for SAE.

Cite as: Robbins, Jessica. 2017. “SAE at the Annual Meeting.” Anthropology News website, November 22, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.708

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