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The Logics of Persuasion: Between Anthropology and Rhetoric Conference
Apr 19 – Apr 20 all-day

Call for papers: The logics of persuasion. Between anthropology and rhetoric

International Conference
University of Palermo, April 19 – 20, 2018
Polo Didattico, Building 12, Seminar room A and Multi-medial room A
Deadline for receiving abstracts: March 25, 2018

In this conference, we’ll study the logics of persuasion according to anthropological and rhetorical perspectives, exchanging insights and viewpoints. Even though anthropology and rhetoric are historically defined in multiple ways, as a matter of fact they share a common presupposition opening a potentially rich dialogue between disciplines: an effort to reach individuals and groups through effective and persuasive messages. What is the particular value of these messages nowadays and how are they taken into account by rhetoric, anthropology and other social sciences? More specifically, in what ways do anthropology and other social sciences make use of rhetorical procedures in order to be more effective? Furthermore, how can rhetoric be conceived in an intercultural world? And what do we mean by effective rhetorical strategy? Finally, is it possible to do an anthropology of rhetoric and/or a rhetoric of anthropology? To this end, we propose four sections from which social scientists and rhetoricians can freely draw to exchange viewpoints and interrogations.

I. The power of words and/or images in ordinary and/or extraordinary contexts.
The power of words permeates cultures both in ordinary and extraordinary contexts. The study of the power of words in different contexts constitutes a priority for anthropology and rhetoric. For all scholars, it is a matter of making manifest and defining this power of words through specific analysis. In this section, it is possible to place research on classic and modern rhetoric, as well as on oral and written cultures in which words get a particular and effective power. In this section, there are questions concerning agency, contextualization of effective words, mixtures of persuasive iconic and linguistic signs. In what ways do words acquire agency? According to which modalities do words become effective in different contexts? What place do memory, gestures and different texts have in effective communications? Which combinations of images and words are more effective in daily life?

II. Uses of rhetoric in an intercultural world.
In this section are taken into account rhetorical strategies used to debate intercultural questions (colonialism, slavery, globalisation, rights, activism, natives claims, etc.). Many (political and media) debates and studies use rhetorical principles in order to face cultural and intercultural questions. Which rhetorical senses and communicative strategies can be tracked down in these debates and studies? In what ways do different rhetoric strategies converge (or diverge) to face particular topics? Are there well defined rules to support one’s own perspective?

III. Rhetoric in ethnography.
This section concerns the study of the ways through which ethnographies present a culture by resorting to effective strategies. Necessarily, in order to be credible, ethnographies need a certain amount of effectiveness. Many anthropologists and sociologists, in their fieldwork, implicitly or explicitly resort to a “rhetorical function” in order to describe a culture. Furthermore, effectiveness and persuasiveness go hand in hand with a certain speech style. In what ways, more precisely, are these strategies and speech styles used? Where does their effectiveness come from? In what ways are insight and persuasion combined?

IV. Anthropological controversies.
A fertile field to explore in an interdisciplinary perspective concerns old and new controversies fought by rhetorical moves by anthropologists belonging to different theoretical currents (Mead/Freeman, Sahlins/Obeyesekere, Chagnon/Tierney, etc.). How are these anthropological controversies fought rhetorically? To what extent is it possible to resort to specific rhetorical strategies in these controversies? What is the place of a narrative choice for rhetorical goals?


In short, we provide an open list of possible topics:

Rhetoric and pragmatics
Rhetoric and intercultural debates
Ethnography and rhetoric
Management and resolution of controversies
Narration and argumentation
Rhetoric and existence
Classical rhetoric and modern rhetoric
Postmodernism and rhetoric
Forms of manipulation
Knowledge and persuasion
Rules of persuasion
Definitions of culture and rhetorical strategies
Rhetoric and subjectivity
Models of rhetoric communication

Scientific board:
Stefano Montes and Alessandro Prato

Administrative organization:
Department of Cultures and Societies
University of Palermo
Viale delle Scienze, 90128, Palermo, Italy

For information and to submit proposals:
Stefano Montes ([email protected]) and Alessandro Prato ([email protected])

Practical information:
Deadline for submitting proposals: March 25, 2018
Proposal summary and title: 250-300 words
Duration of presentations: 20 minutes
Conference languages: Italian, French and English
Conference participation is free of charge
Travel costs, accommodation expenses and meals are covered by participants or their own institutions

Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS) Spring Conference
Apr 19 – Apr 21 all-day

The 97th annual CSAS conference is student-friendly and features a paper competition for both undergraduate and graduate students. It also offers an opportunity for anthropologists from throughout the Midwest, from institutions large and small, to meet, talk, and network in a welcoming and professional environment. 

Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) and Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Joint Virtual Spring Conference: Displacements @ Virtual
Apr 19 – Apr 21 all-day

Displacements are in the air: episodes of profound political upheaval, intensified crises of migration and expulsion, the disturbing specter of climatic and environmental instability, countless virtual shadows cast over the here and now by ubiquitous media technologies. What does it mean to live and strive in the face of such movements? What social and historical coordinates are at stake with these challenges? And what kind of understanding can anthropology contribute to the displacements of this time—given, especially, that our most essential techniques like ethnography are themselves predicated on the heuristic value of displacement, on what can be gleaned from the experience of unfamiliar circumstances?

Exclusionary politics of spatial displacement always depend on rhetorical and imaginative displacements of various kinds: a person for a category, or a population for a problem. In the face of such moves, the critical task of ethnography is often to muster contrary displacements of thought, attention, imagination, and sensation. What forms of social and political possibility might be kindled by anthropological efforts to broach unexpected places, situations, and stories? The 2018 SCA Biennial Meeting, cosponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology, will invite such prospects in tangible form, as experiences of what is elsewhere and otherwise. This is a conference that will itself displace the conventional modes of gathering, taking place wherever its participants individually and collectively tune in.

For the first time, in 2018, the SCA Biennial Meeting will take place as a virtual conference. We invite you to contribute an individual audio/video presentation up to 10 minutes in length, a proposal for a panel of related presentations, or an idea for some localized form of in-person collaboration to which conference participants could have access. You may simply choose to record yourself giving a talk or reading a paper. But we especially encourage efforts to take us elsewhere along with you in a more sensory and immersive register: multimedia presentations, voiceover essays spliced with fieldwork fragments, sound works, short films, photo sequences, and so on. In this spirit, here is another call for submissions to the Biennial Meeting, one expressed in a different manner.

Air travel is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and one of the chief ways that an academic livelihood contributes to carbon pollution. We are exploring the virtual conference format with the ideal of carbon-neutral activity in mind. This format will also enable broader geographical participation, most especially against the backdrop of a political climate of unequal restrictions on international travel. We hope, too, that the web-based media platform we are developing for the conference will allow for novel explorations of expressive form in anthropology.

One of the chief values of the academic conference no doubt lies in face-to-face meetings and interactions. We hope, however, that this effort may provoke decentralized, affinity-based forms of collaboration, interaction, and uptake, in the spirit of experimentation that the SCA and SVA have long encouraged. We therefore invite participants to consider gathering together into local nodes of collective participation in the conference: viewing parties, classroom activities, departmental engagements with the conference, hackathon-style events that culminate in outputs that can be shared with other conference attendees, or anything else you can imagine.

All presentations must be prerecorded and shared in advance with the organizers. The presentations will be posted sequentially, in real time, during the conference and will be available to registered conference attendees for viewing, commentary, and discussion over those three days. We are exploring the possibility of a digital archive of presentations for those who want to participate, although more ephemeral contributions are also welcome.

Technical guidance on presentations will be forthcoming soon, but we want to assure you that nothing more complicated is required than what can be done on a typical smartphone. In the meantime, if you are conducting fieldwork, feel free to start gathering audiovisual materials that you may wish to incorporate in your presentation (in keeping with the research ethics of your particular field site). Also, keep in mind that if you would like to organize a local node of collective participation, we will work with you to provide some form of support for your event.

Penn Museum Middle East Galleries Opening
Apr 21 all-day

Opening Saturday, April 21

Penn Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Middle East Galleries

The 4,500-year-old crowning jewelry of a Mesopotamian queen. One of the world’s oldest wine vessels. A baby’s rattle. A school child’s first writing primer. A workman’s tool. Through these extraordinary objects and over 1,200 more, the new suite of Middle East Galleries, the first in a series of galleries that are part of the Penn Museum’s ambitious Building Transformation Plan, takes the visitor on a journey, exploring how ancient Mesopotamian societies gave rise to the world’s first cities—cities not so very different, in many ways, from our own. Tapping into the Museum’s pioneering work in Mesopotamia, breadth of curatorial expertise, and renowned collection, the suite of three galleries—“Towards Cities,” “Ur: The Great City,” and “The World of Cities”—offers on a 10,000 year human expedition, from early writing and record keeping to religion and burial practices, transportation, agriculture, cooking, and the arts.

Details online. An opening weekend festival features talks, music, family activities and much more.

Secrets of the Shining Sword
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ancient Oman: Archaeological Digs and Historical Discoveries in the Sultanate of Oman
Apr 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ancient Oman: Archaeological Digs and Historical Discoveries in the Sultanate of Oman

A symposium co-hosted by the Library of Congress and the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Library of Congress, Jefferson Building Northeast Pavilion10 First St. SE
Washington, DC 20540

Join the Library of Congress and SQCC for a full day conference on archaeology in the Sultanate of Oman.

Free and Open to the Public. To RSVP for this event, please email [email protected] with a subject line “LOC—Full Name.”

For additional information contact: Joan Weeks (202) 707- 3657

Please allow time to clear security.
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362(Voice/TTY) or email [email protected]

International Conference on Food and Agricultural Economics
Apr 27 all-day

International Conference on Food and Agricultural Economics

On behalf of the Organization Committee, we are pleased to invite you to the International Conference on Food and Agricultural Economics (ICFAEC 2018) which will be held on 27-28th April 2018 in Alanya, Turkey.

ICFAEC 2018 aims at disseminating new knowledge in the field economics and provides a forum for deliberations and exchange of knowledge among academics, organizations, and researchers. ICFAEC 2018 encourages submission of theoretical and empirical papers in the different domains of food and agricultural economics and related disciplines, within and across different levels of analysis. ICFAEC 2018 focuses on are: 

  • Food Economics
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Food Policy
  • Agricultural Management
  • Farm Management
  • Rural Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Farming Systems
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Agribusiness
  • Socio-economic Aspects
  • Food Marketing
  • Rural & Agricultural Sociology
  • Agricultural Extension
  • Agritourism
  • Financing credits and agricultural subsidies
  • Logistics of agricultural production
  • Research and development
  • Irrigation and water management

We look forward to greeting you at the International Conference on Food and Agricultural Economics (ICFAEC 2018) in Alanya, Turkey.

For more information about the conference organization, please check this web page.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline of Abstracts: January 20th, 2018
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:  With in 4 weeks of submission time
Submission Deadline of Full Papers: February 20th, 2018
Deadline of Early Bird Registration: March 1sh, 2018

Best regards,

ICFAEC Oganizing Committee

Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Faculty of Business, Department of Economics and Finance, 07400 Alanya/Antalya-Turkey, Tel:+ (90) 242 518 21 21-1236, Fax : +(90) 242 518 20 25

Emails:  [email protected]

Precarity/Promises: 2018 Stanford Anthropology Graduate Conference Proposal
Apr 27 – Apr 28 all-day

2018 Stanford Anthropology Graduate Conference Proposal

Stanford University
April 27–28, 2018

We are told we live in precarious times. Postcolonial nation-building and post-Cold War democratization have not been one-way tickets to modernity as imagined. The ideology of limitless growth has not brought stable labor systems or economic security for the many, and instead it has brought ecological ruin that threatens everything built upon promises of stability. Yet, such promises persist. As anthropologists, how do we engage with this contradictory moment without reproducing teleological narratives of either progress or decline? Postcolonial perspectives suggest that, on the one hand, a stable future was never a promise accessible to most of the world’s population, and, on the other, such promises have taken multiple forms and stem from different genealogies. The 2018 Anthropology Graduate Conference at Stanford University invites papers that engage with differences within and across states of precarity through the figure of the promise.

Precarity has been theorized, first, as a consequence of global political economic transformations that have largely undone technologies of security and welfare (Standing 2011) and hindered the ability of workers to “transform the present by reference to a projected future” (Bourdieu 1998, 83). Second, precarity has been understood as a politically induced condition that leads to differential exposure to the vulnerabilities of life itself, rendering the more vulnerable among us susceptible to injury, suffering, neglect, and death (Butler 2009). Recent scholarship has bridged these perspectives and refashioned precarity as a site where to explore uneven encounters and unlikely alliances (Allison 2013; Berlant 2011; Stewart 2012; Tsing 2015).

Promise, on the other hand, is a concept that describes a type of contract, a mode of expectation, and an intention. Promises attempt to counteract the effects of unpredictability and vulnerability that the notion of precarity often conveys. And yet, promises are fragile, too. To the extent that promises depend on anticipated futures, they create contested grounds for articulations of truth, performances of certainty, relations of care, and various forms of speculation.

We invite graduate students to submit abstracts that can speak to the interplay between precarity and promise as applied to the following clusters of topics:

  • Social movements triggered by unfulfilled promises
  • The governance of precarious life
  • Trust, debt, and trade networks
  • Experience and sociality in contexts of uncertainty
  • Promises of science and technology
  • Informal economies and subcontracted labor
  • Environmental change and political ecologies
  • Sovereignty and violence in urban contexts

Application Deadline & Submission

Applications due:  Feb 15, 2018 (9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)
Notification of acceptance by:  March 1, 2018
Full papers due:  March 31, 2018
Conference:  April 27-28, 2018

Please submit a 300-word abstract with a 100-word short bio to [email protected] We welcome individual papers that address the conference theme in any geographical region. Paper presentations should be between 15 and 20 minutes long.

We are able to offer lodging to student presenters in the homes of Stanford students free of charge. We may have exceptional funding for students with unusually high travel costs. If travel costs are an issue, please still submit an abstract and specify what your cost of travel would be to the conference.

International Field School on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology
Apr 30 all-day

International Field School on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology in Ancient Corinth 

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science (ASCSA) in collaboration with the ASCSA Excavations at Ancient Corinth offers a full week-long Field School on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology at Ancient Corinth. Dr. Panagiotis (Takis) Karkanas, director of the Wiener Laboratory and Paul Goldberg, Professorial Research Fellow University of Wollongong, will supervise the intensive field school. Registered students will participate in the Corinth excavation and will be involved primarily in interdisciplinary field research focused on archaeological context, geoarchaeology, and material sciences. Through field observations, on-site laboratory analysis, and lectures, the students will receive instruction in the study and analysis of archaeological sediments and deposits, as well as gain experience in the recording of stratigraphy, and the understanding site formation processes. A maximum of 12 students will be accepted for the course. Preference is given to advanced students and post-docs with a background in archaeology, and preferably some exposure to the natural sciences as well.

The cost for Room and Board is 300 euros for the entire week. Travel costs to Greece and to the site are not included.

The course will take place from June 16 to 23, 2018. Applications should be sent no later than 30th April to [email protected]. They should include one paragraph explaining why the candidate is interested in participating in the course, a CV, a list of grades (unofficial transcript), and names and email addresses of two referees. Participants who successfully complete the course of instruction will receive a certificate detailing the content of the field school.

Textbooks: Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology 2006 by Paul Goldberg and Richard I. Macphail (Blackwell) and Microarchaeology 2010 by Stephen Weiner (Cambridge University Press).

A syllabus will be emailed 3 weeks before the start of the field school.

Achill Archaeological Field School Scholarship 2018 @ Achill Archaeological Field School
Apr 30 all-day

For the first time in 2018 Achill Archaeological Field School will offer two $2000 scholarships for any of our 6-week or 12-week accredited excavation courses (Excavations and Recording 1, 2, or 7). The bursaries, which can be offset against course fees, aim to support students in their field school journey of discovery.


  • Applicants for the scholarship should submit a 500 word statement outlining why they wish to study at the Achill Archaeological Field School accompanied by a CV.
  • Students must have applied and completed enrolment at the Achill Archaeological Field School before the scholarship deadline of April 30, 2018.
  • Applications should be sent to [email protected] with subject title ‘Scholarship’.

Place of Study

The study will be taken at Achill Archaeological Field School, Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

Applicants’ Nationality

There is no nationality restriction.

Submission Deadline

30 April 2018.

Contact Details

If you have any further questions please contact us at [email protected].