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To emerge is to come forth, to come into view, to become known. Emergence may be predictable or unexpected, either an evolutionary process or the creation of something altogether new. In thinking of “emergence” as a contemporary theme in cultural anthropology, we envision a range of possibilities. Current scholarship on energetic ideas such as vitality, vibrancy, and liveliness speaks to being and becoming, yet so does effective and material work on the generative properties of decay, destruction, and ruins, or research on the social forms that emerge after war or disaster. Joining theoretical conversations about ontology, ethnological research offers insights into how things, concepts, infrastructures, and characters come into being, but also directs attention to what is put aside, deliberately obviated, or lost. Studies of “emerging” democracies, economies, or donors provide strong bases to critique the determinism inherent in notions of emergence. Recent explorations of new anthropological spaces, formations, data, and subjects (human and non-human) open related questions. For example, how do topics or questions emerge as new, or perhaps as newfangled, and what sort of relationships or scholarship follows? We invite proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and special events that bring forth new thinking about the process of becoming.
Presentations welcome from all four fields of anthropology that deal with children and youth. Proposal deadline 1/10/15. Keynote speaker is Susan Terrio of Georgetown University, speaking on children and youth in U.S. immigration custody. Contact Cindy Dell Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or register at https://acyig2015.eventbrite.com.
2015 Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Annual Conference
The University of Chicago, 8-9 May, 2015
The University of Chicago Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts will host a two-day
conference addressing the theme of Theory and Practice. The conference seeks to explore the
tenuous relationship between theory and practice in the human and social sciences, and the
practical dimensions of theoretical interventions in struggles for political emancipation,
institutional structures, and artistic, historical, and scientific movements.
Our keynote speaker will be Danielle S. Allen (UPS Foundation Professor, School of Social
Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study).
The conference will take place on May 8th-9th, 2015. Please send 300-400 word proposals for
20-minute papers or 200 word proposals for panels (which may or may not include
suggestions for specific papers) to the conference organizers, David Egan and Jared Holley,
at email@example.com by March 14th. Submissions should also include a
separate document with the author’s name, contact details, and institutional affiliation.
Participants will be notified by March 31. Please see our website for more information:
The American Anthropological Association is pleased to offer two internship opportunities funded by member donations. Internships are six weeks in length during the summer of 2015. Internships are unpaid however; interns will be provided housing and a meal/travel stipend. Interns will spend approximately 40 percent of their time working onsite at the AAA offices in Arlington, VA, and the other 60 percent of their time working on-site at one of two locations described below.
- Undergraduate students in their junior or senior year
- First Year Graduate students (completing the first year of graduate work by June 2014)
Application will be accepted beginning on February 6, 2015.
Visit the AAA Summer Internship Program webpage for the application. Application deadline is March 15, 2015.
Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC) Internship
The Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) of the Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC), the official history program of the Department of the Navy, is located at Washington’s historical Navy Yard. The office serves four main functions:
- Cultural Resource Management, Historic Preservation & Policy Development – Resource management involves implementing an overall cultural heritage policy, ensuring Navy remains in compliance with federal laws and regulations, forming a sunken military craft inventory, crafting individual site management plans, coordinating violation enforcement, coordinating human remains issues, and extensive collaboration with federal, state, local agencies, international counterparts, the non-profit sector, the private sector and the public to best manage sunken military craft.
- Archaeological & Historical Research – Intrinsically tied to the management of sunken military craft are the inventory, survey, assessment, documentation, research and monitoring of these ship and aircraft wrecks. NHHC undertakes archaeological research as a lead agency, as a collaborator, as a guide, and as a monitor and permit-issuer in the case of external archaeological surveys and/or actions that disturb sunken military craft.
- Artifact Conservation & Curation – All historic artifacts recovered from an underwater environment require some form of conservation and a proper curation environment to remain in a stable condition. NHHC, via its Archaeology & Conservation Laboratory, is directly responsible for nearly 14,000 artifacts originating from sunken military craft.
- Education, Public Relations & Information Dissemination – Public education and outreach is a fundamental mission component of NHHC as it helps promote the Navy’s heritage and preserve its sunken military craft from disturbance. Information dissemination occurs through channels such as publications, presentations, lectures, a web and social media presence, and press coverage is pursued on a regular basis.
Interns can expect to work on a variety of tasks depending on their research interests and office priorities, such as: preparing, undertaking, or following up on field investigations; conducting archaeological and historical research; reviewing, editing or preparing reports; synthesizing information and preparing policy or case study briefings; conserving artifacts; assisting with the UAB artifact inventory, management, and loan programs; coordinating partner and inter-agency correspondence; and participating in public outreach and education initiatives such as tours, lectures, presentations, and web presence.
National Museum of African Art Internship
The National Museum of African Art has the largest publicly held collection of traditional and contemporary African art in the United States. This collection includes more than 9,000 objects representing nearly every country in Africa dating from ancient to contemporary times, and includes sculpture, textiles, pottery, jewelry, photography, paintings, works on paper, and video art.
The museum’s mission is to foster the discovery and appreciation of the visual arts of Africa, the cradle of humanity.
The selected intern would be placed in the museum’s curatorial department, and their assignment would include object-based work related to a future exhibition.
An interest in African culture and art is required for this internship, as well as a background in curatorial practice and procedures.
AAA On-Site Activities
AAA activities will include the following:
- Assisting in the planning for the RACE: Are We So Different? press viewing for its opening at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History; research membership trends in the AAA; developing and drafting materials for the AAA bi-weekly podcasts; drafting text for Anthropology News (AN) newsletter articles and other activities as assigned.
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Call for Papers: Formats of Continental Colonialism – The ‘other’ Colonialism
Proposed Panel for the 114th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting: Denver, CO Nov. 18-22, 2015
Emphasizing continental colonialism and its diverse formats challenges widely held assumptions based on the study of overseas colonialism, which has shaped our understanding of colonial patterns. Being the product of land-based expansion or economic underdevelopment within continental confines, continental colonialism, in its various guises, was and still is comparable with overseas colonialism and empire-building by European powers. Papers in this panel build on earlier contributions to the study of internal colonialism, understood in terms of structural inequalities installed by political agency or invented economically. This panel will examine the different initial positions and legacies of continental and overseas colonialism. Emphasis will thus fall on the subaltern conditions of the ‘other within’ – including both the ‘ethnic other’ and the ‘social other’ – in imperial formations that have fostered lasting strategies for managing ethnic and social diversity.
Please send an abstract (250 words) along with the title for your proposed paper (by March 15, 2015) to Dittmar Schorkowitz: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest editors: Laurent Sebastian Fournier and Máiréad Nic Craith
The editors invite proposals for new and original contributions to a special thematic issue of AJEC, focusing on relationships between anthropology and literature. We welcome contributions concerning the following topics in a European context:
- the role of literature in anthropology
- literature as ethnography
- relationships between anthropology and literature, past and present
- the use of anthropology and anthropological motives in literature
- famous writers as anthropologists/ethnographers
- famous ethnographers as authors
- the influence of literature on the invention of traditions, rituals, and cultural performances
- literacy, illiteracy and popular culture
- textual strategies for ethnographer
The editors invite proposals (about 300-350 words) for papers until the 15 March 2015. Proposals are then peer-reviewed and a selection will be made for the journal. Successful contributors will be notified by the end of April. Completed essays will be due on 15 October 2015. Proposals (about 300-350 words) should be sent to AJEC@ulster.ac.uk before the 15 March 2015.
More information on AJEC: http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/ajec/
The BEATRICE BAIN RESEARCH GROUP (BBRG), within the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, is the University of California, Berkeley’s critical feminist research center, established in 1986 to support and coordinate feminist scholarship across disciplines. The BBRG is particularly interested in enabling research on gender in its intersections with sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, nation, religion, postcoloniality, globalization and transnational feminisms.
THE BBRG SCHOLARS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
(APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MARCH 15, 2015)
Among its programs and activities, the BBRG has a Scholars-in-Residence Program. Under the auspices of this Program, each year the BBRG hosts a new group of approximately ten competitively selected scholars from the U.S. and abroad for a period of one academic year. (from August 19, 2015 to May 13, 2016).
The BBRG Scholars-in-Residence Program is open to senior and junior faculty (tenured and untenured), visiting scholars, postdoctoral scholars and independent scholars, from any country, whose work is centrally on gender and women. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. (or its equivalent) at least one year prior to the projected beginning of their residency at BBRG.
The BBRG provides its Scholars-in-Residence with the following: visiting scholar status at University of California, Berkeley; access to University of California, Berkeley libraries and library privileges; a library orientation session customized for the purposes of the Scholar in Residence’s research; the possibility of student research assistants; shared office space; shared computer and internet access; a BBRG Scholars Writing/Reading Group which meets bi-monthly; and a forum for BBRG Scholars-in-Residence to present their scholarly or creative work to the Berkeley campus community and the public.
BBRG is non-stipendiary, and thus Scholars-in-Residence provide their own financial support during the residency. There are fees associated with residency at BBRG. Please see the website for full details.