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The diversity of supernatural experience.
This academic folklore conference will explore past and present supernatural traditions worldwide.
Although often associated with rural locations, folk belief is a truly global phenomenon. Traditions of the supernatural are equally at home in crowded cities and on distant farmsteads, and supernatural experiences have been subjected to different theories and explanations depending on their cultural contexts. This conference will explore these explanations as well as investigate how traditions can be compared across cultures. The conference places special (though not exclusive) focus on urban traditions and on comparisons between supernatural narrativesbelonging to religion, folk belief, science, and entertainment.
Since the 1990s researchers in the emergent field of Indigenous Media have documented and analyzed indigenous peoples’ engagement with various forms of digital and electronic media. In Latin America the use of digital cameras, cell phones, Facebook, and YouTube opens up a new universe of expression and interaction that is evolving in unpredictable ways. Combined with the consumption of both indigenous and non-indigenous media, critical, but largely as yet unexamined changes in world view and behavior are rapidly unfolding.
We solicit a variety of perspectives on the ways in which engagement with new and traditional media are impacting Indigenous peoples of Latin America.
Topics may include: Institutional analysis of indigenous media – the evolution of traditional and new platforms for expression of indigenous concerns, the impact of transnational networks;
Textual analysis – content analysis of themes, genres, representations, as well as current thinking on authenticity of indigenous media (hybridity, indigeneity vs. indigenism);
Audience/reception studies – the dynamics of media engagement and consumption (both indigenous and non-indigenous) in communities; issues of ownership and access (generation gaps created in terms of agency, access to outside knowledge, intra-societal and family relationships), signification of technology as material object, and impacts on world view and behavior
In contemporary and global society, intercultural dialogue has gained strength as a tool destined to push new relationships amongst individuals and collectives searching for a consensus on the different political and social practices, economic and cultural. Latin America and the Caribbean are tainted by a multiplicity of complex histories sharing the experience of having endured colonization and political / economic subordination before different North Atlantic nations as their common denominator. The sources, the impulse and the consequences of anthropological research share in the history of ambivalence. It is in this context that it is of most importance to generate an academic dialogue that pledges to that social impulse. Latin America and the Caribbean have been, for a long time now, the scenario of a number of anthropological initiatives started by national and foreign academics; the intersection, thematic variety, different theoretical and methodological approaches that these studies offer, make it necessary to examine the trajectories and academic traditions of the anthropologies of Latin American and Caribbean, within the context of their global-local relationships and translocalities, in other words, beyond their arbitrary geographical boundaries and the nationality of their researchers.
This conference is the privileged space for a critical reflection on these dialogues and the silences that have facilitated this, and those that have prevented more equal and respectful forms of communication about different themes, from “the classics” to emerging topics that constitute the reality of Latin America and the Caribbean. We would like to extend an invitation to discuss important topics on Anthropology as well as on the subjects with whom we carry out our research: from kinship to new ways of sociality and sociability; from alternative construction projects and reconstruction of societies; on the importance of the oral registers to the new technologies of inscription and archives; from the indigenous and farm movements to political and cultural movements that involve a variety of actors with long, multi-directed agendas; from local histories to new proposals for discursive articulations, generated with recent information technology and communication; from the diverse forms of power: from the subtle nuances, to the most violent; from the different ways of understanding gender to the different forms of sexuality; from the local identitarian strategies to the national ones; from the new forms of colonialism and the different anthropological alternatives and strategies to explain that multiplicity of themes.
This conference seeks to foster a space for this dialogue, built on the basis of the thematical and methodological analysis with which the local anthropologies, national and foreign have approached these and other topics in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness will discuss the current “state of dreaming.” We will investigate, explore, discuss, and celebrate the state of dreaming on individual and collective levels. We would also like to engage with the ideas of dreaming as a vital tool of survival and as a radical act for the transformation of consciousness. The Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness welcomes paper and panel proposals for its March 26-28, 2015 meeting in Portland, Oregon.
Scholars are invited to submit papers for a special issue focusing on women, gender, the family, and children in the Pacific-Asia region. Articles, critical essays, and case studies (both applied and theoretical) across the liberal arts and social sciences are welcome, including essays and reports from field workers, healthcare workers, non-governmental organization (NGO) workers, etc.
Our theme is human rights and protections from violence (including harassment and other forms of oppression) in regards to women, children, gender, and the family. Potential topics include but are by no means limited to:
– Immigrant women, children, families, etc., in Micronesia and the Pacific
– Access to education for children and women
– LGBTQ identities
– Oral histories and narratives
– Experiences of manamko’ and community elders
– Militarization in relation to gender on Guam
– Decolonization and the effects of colonization
– Healthcare access
– Encounters with sexual harassment or assault
– The strip bar industry
– Human trafficking
– Chamorro, Chuukese, Yapese, Marshallese, Kosraean, and other indigenous voices and experiences from Micronesia and the Pacific
The research emphasis of this occasional series accommodates in-depth studies on the Pacific and adjacent Asia, particularly including the Chamorro region and Micronesia. Contributors are invited not only to share their innovative research, but also to challenge extant positions and perspectives. Any theoretical or methodological approach may be employed so long as it is documented in a readable style of writing that is accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike.
The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015.
Include the following as three separate files: 1) a cover page which includes authors’ names, titles, affiliations, and addresses, including street and e-mail addresses; 2) a title page which includes the title of the article and an abstract of the paper (the abstract should be no more than 150 words); and 3) the main text, including photos, tables, figures, media, and references. Our blind peer-review process requires that authors’ names and addresses appear only on the cover page. No identifying information may appear in the abstract or text itself. Relevant publications, including those written by the authors, may appear in the reference section as long as nothing is said to connect the reference with the authors.
Authors must follow the conventions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2009), or the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (7th ed., 2009). If reviewers and the editor accept the manuscript, the author is responsible for ensuring that style guidelines have been followed in the preparation of the final version of the manuscript. Only minor editorial adjustments may be made during the final production stage.
Articles are accepted for review with the understanding that they are not being considered, in whole or in part, for publication elsewhere and have not been previously published. Enclose a memo stating whether or not the essay has been published previously or is being considered for publication in another journal or medium.
The manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word software with Garamond or Times New Roman font, size 12, double-spaced, with one-inch margin on all the sides, and full justification of lines. Indent the first word of a paragraph by half an inch or five spaces (one “tab”), and number all pages consecutively, putting numbers in the lower right-hand corner. Italicize phrases and isolated words in languages other than English. Figures, tables, and photos should be inserted into manuscript at the time of initial submittal. Figures, tables, and photos need to be appropriately titled, sourced, and numbered consecutively. Endnotes should be used and references should appear at the end of the paper. Do not insert automatic formatting anywhere in the manuscript. The entire manuscript should not exceed 10,000 words, including tables and references. Pacific Asia Inquiry, Volumes 4 and 5 may be used as a general reference.
The American Folklore Society (AFS) is now accepting proposals for its 2015 annual meeting, which will take place October 14–17 at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach, California. The theme for this year’s meeting, on which presentations will be encouraged but not required, is “Ecologies, Encounters, and Enactments.”
Visit http://www.afsnet.org/?2015AM1 for all the latest annual meeting–related information, including instructions for registering and submitting an abstract. The last day to submit proposals is March 31.
Request for Letters of Research Interest: Fort Stanwix National Monument Ethnographic Study
The National Park Service manages Fort Stanwix National Monument located on 6 acres in Rome, New York. The project is seeking a researcher(s) to identify the roles, relationships, associations, and significance specific Native American Indian tribes and/or nations might attach to Fort Stanwix. The fort served as the site of numerous councils and treaties with Indian tribes and nations. Particular research attention will be focused on identifying and understanding historic and contemporary associations with Fort Stanwix and treaty making.
Deadline for submission EXTENDED to March 31, 2015.
Only universities or partners within the Cooperative Ecosystem Study Units (CESU) network are eligible to apply. For a current list of universities and other partners within the network, please visit: http://www.cesu.psu.edu/
See the attached document for submittal requirements and details. For questions or to submit a Letter of Research Interest, please contact: Erik Kreusch, NPS Northeast Region Cultural Anthropologist at (978) 970-5144 or email@example.com.
Cyborgs, Hybrids, and Monsters: Anthropologies of lively transgressions
AAA Meetings, November 18-22 2015 Denver, CO
Hannah Chazin (University of Chicago, Anthropology) and Kathryn J. Franklin (University of Chicago, NELC)
Cyborgs, hybrids, and monsters have provoked fertile anthropological explorations from a variety of scholars. These figures, despite their different intellectual genealogies and orientations, share in common a concern with exploring entities that transgress or unsettle various robust and illustrious categorical boundaries – between nature/culture, living/dead, self/other, subject/object, among others. By considering such awkward and messy beings, anthropology explores the connections between the establishment and maintenance of boundaries between categories, and the relations and tensions that are produced as a part of such creative practices and discourses.
This session will explore how, across a variety of theoretical and methodological domains, anthropology in the current moment takes up questions about entities that challenge, transgress, and subvert categorizations. We invite papers that explore cyborgs, hybrids, monsters, and other unruly beasts from a variety of pasts, presents, and futures. In doing so, we hope to spark a conversation across multiple anthropological domains, including (but not limited to): science and technology studies (STS), assemblage studies, human-animal relationships, the ontological turn, and archaeological approaches to technology.
Key Words: neuromancers, modern prometheus, teratomas, missing links
The “everyday” is one of the most ubiquitous, if rarely scrutinized, concepts in anthropology. Indeed, a large part of the ethnographic effort to make the strange familiar and the familiar strange has involved showing how what seems mundane, routine, and ordinary is actually where political struggle, cultural production, and social change take place. This is perhaps not surprising given that the imperative to conduct fieldwork, since the time of Malinowski, has required that the immersed ethnographer become adept at banal practices in an often unfamiliar place—ranging from the proper way to prepare a meal, to the most effective technique of catching a ride, to the method of filing documents at an organization. Such attention to the everyday in anthropology has arguably become even more prominent over time. Critiques of the culture concept in the 1980s and 1990s, for example, led many to propose “everyday life” as the discipline’s shared object of study. More recently, the everyday or the ordinary has garnered renewed emphasis, as a way to push back on narratives of the historical present as a time of catastrophe and crisis.
Yet despite its central place in contemporary ethnography, the everyday has more often been accepted as a given than examined as an analytical concept. What constitutes the everyday as a spatial or temporal category? What makes an experience ordinary? By not addressing such questions, references to the everyday in ethnography have often carried with them tacit associations. One of these is a tendency to associate the everyday with the daily grind, the workaday world, the struggles of life. Another is the tendency to depict the everyday as the every day, as having a sameness that makes any day replaceable with another. And then there is the common distinction between the everyday and the event. In this dichotomy, the everyday becomes the background, context, or condition out of which events emerge. This is perhaps even reflected in the way we write the everyday. The vignette, for example, might be seen as a way to pull out a particularly charged moment or event from the ongoings of everyday life.
This panel interrogates the unstated meanings attached to the everyday as an anthropological concept. What is gained and lost by emphasizing ordinariness? How might the category of the everyday shift across different ethnographic contexts? What theoretical, methodological, political, and ethical issues arise in researching the everyday or in writing the everyday? Exploring these questions through a diverse set of ethnographic accounts, this panel not only considers how a focus on the chronic and mundane shapes what we see but also what is at stake in adopting this lens.
If interested, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to the Co-organizers: Kathleen Millar (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jennifer Ashley (email@example.com), and Susan Ellison (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 1st.
This workshop aims to problematize begging: from metropolitan panhandlers, to religious mendicants with begging bowls, to the deliberate maiming of child-conscript beggars, to the interrogation of corporate welfare. Whether parasite or prisoner, the beggar loiters in the gutters of legitimacy: a challenge to conventions of value and labor and witnessing, a conundrum to the moral slippage between subject and object. Ethnographically-rich and/or theoretically-reflective contributions are invited to beg the questions: who is the beggar, what is begging? Please send 2000 word prospectus and/or inquiries by April 1, to: email@example.com
Workshop to be held in Sweden in autumn/winter 2015, expenses paid.