Music and Culture and Conferencing, Oh My!

The 97th Annual Meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society will take place April 19–21, 2018 on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington. This year’s meeting is being held jointly with MIDSEM, the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, which makes it a great opportunity for joint panels and productive cross-pollination (not to mention musical jam sessions!) between anthropologists and ethnomusicologists. In the long tradition of CSAS, however, we welcome papers, roundtables, and workshops addressing any and all fields of anthropology. Visit http://csas.americananthro.org/annual-meeting/ for more details and a link to the online registration portal.

This year’s meeting is being held jointly with MIDSEM, the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Our Distinguished Lecture will take place on Friday, April 20. D. Soyini Madison will speak on “Staging Ethnography for Communication, Advocacy, and Civic Engagement.” Her talk offers methods of adapting and devising ethnographic data for the public stage, focusing on performed ethnography as an improvisational and embodied process that comes into being through the symbolic and communicative actions of touch, speech, sound, movement, and gesture.  Additionally, her lecture will address message production, advocacy, and civic engagement, raising questions relating to performative witnessing across cultures, groups, and organizations (nationally and transnationally), as well as the hermeneutics and deep listening required of oral histories and storytelling.

D. Soyini Madison (Northwestern University). Distinguished Lecturer CSAS/MIDSEM Conference Spring 2018. Northwestern University

Madison is Professor of performance studies at Northwestern University, with appointments in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Anthropology. Her work focuses on the intersections of labor activism, political economy of human rights, and indigenous performance tactics. Her forthcoming book, Performance, Ethnography, and Communication: Improvisation, and Enactments of Experience, details methods for staging ethnographic data and oral histories through movement and improvisation techniques, in order to build communication and collaborative storytelling.

Founded in 1921 as the Central Section, the Central States Anthropological Society is the oldest section of the AAA. We welcome scholars from all over the world, studying anywhere in the world. Our annual conference fosters inter-generational conversation with a strong, welcoming Midwestern atmosphere of equality, camaraderie, and mutual growth. Students enjoy the focused attention and collaborative questions they receive on their research presentations and the opportunity to present alongside some of the big names in anthropology.

Come join us in Bloomington!

Angela Glaros is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Eastern Illinois University.

Cite as: Glaros, Angela. 2018. “Music and Culture and Conferencing, Oh My!” Anthropology News website, January 29, 2018. DOI: 10.1111/AN.732

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