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In an era of “fake news” and “alt” political movements, what counts as meaning making? How can we understand epistemology in an era of madness? The issue of resemblance is as much a pressing social question as it is an academic preoccupation. The American Ethnological Society and the Society for Visual Anthropology explore the theme of resemblance at their 2018 joint spring conference. Welcoming anthropologists, artists, media makers, and community members to Philadelphia during March 22-24, the meeting will provide an opportunity to revisit and explore anew what we believe is knowable as anthropologists and the ways we may wish to rethink our priorities and approaches in our era of heightened violence, strife, surveillance, and policing.
Resemblance is at the very heart of anthropology, as its practitioners have sought to demonstrate the commonalities of all people. While resemblance relies upon recognition and likening, it is also a means of comparison to what one perceives and believes they already know. The conference organizers invite proposals for panels consisting of papers or multimodal presentations, as well as individual submissions that theoretically, methodologically, visually, or otherwise examine the conference theme. We welcome graduate students to present their work in its early stages and to network with more establish practitioners. The conference will feature exhibitions, speakers, films, performances, as well as a town hall discussion about how our field can wield greater influence in public struggles of resemblance.
The National Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers, representatives from community and settlement organizations to get together to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement.
The National Metropolis Conference will focus on future immigration trends and policies and the challenges and opportunities that they create for Canadian society. The conference will include plenary panels with distinguished speakers and workshop and roundtable sessions on a wide variety of topics related to immigration and diversity.
Register for the conference at https://www.metropolisconference.ca/en/registration.php.
Healing is one function attributed to shamanic practice and is fundamental to many of the esoteric principals of ritual and spiritual healing beliefs that have been part of our world’s cultures. Sound weather chanting, sacred sounds, and instruments of varying types are also used to form the vessel of healing. Exploring the various uses and meaning of ritual, sound, and altered states invites a deeper understanding of why these elements are conflated into the healing arts of many cultures ancient and newly forming sub-
How is evidence created, used, and abused? The EPIC2018 theme is Evidence, conceptualized in the broadest sense. We’ll focus on methods both new and tried-and-true, the changing types of evidence that are now possible, and how to make a case with evidence in a challenging social environment.
The program committee invites proposals for Papers, Case Studies, PechaKucha, Film/Animation, and Gallery presentations that address evidence creation, use, and abuse. (Salons and Tutorials will be part of the EPIC2018 program, but organized by invitation.) We are also extending a special invitation to data and computer scientists, and ethnographer + data/computer scientist collaborators.
Most contributions should draw on theoretical advances in ethnographically informed social science research and aligned disciplines, coupled with applied best practices from professional fields. They should show new directions for creating knowledge and making change. We welcome contributions from any discipline, industry, or organization in the private, public, or nonprofit sectors that creates and applies ethnography.
- Submission deadline—March 30
- Acceptance notification—June 8
Research methods are proliferating, yet the connection between evidence and decisions seems more tenuous than ever. EPIC2018 will explore the richness of methods, tools, and approaches in contemporary ethnographic practice; the changing types of evidence that are now possible; and how to make a case with evidence in a challenging social environment.
The Conference Committee is accepting submissions in these categories:
Papers • Case Studies • PechaKucha • Film/Animation • Gallery
We particularly encourage submissions at the emerging intersection of data science and ethnography. In addition to contributions from the many fields that regularly engage in ethnographic work, we invite data and computer scientists, as well as teams of ethnographers + data/computer scientists.
2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society
October 17-20, 2018
Buffalo Niagara County Convention Center
Buffalo, New York, USA
Proposal submission deadline: March 31, 2017
No Illusions, No Exclusions
The meeting theme, “No Illusions, No Exclusions,” is inspired by its location in Buffalo, New York, “The City of No Illusions.”
Buffalo is proudly gutsy, realistic, highly vernacular and inclusive. The city openly welcomes recent refugees, who enhance the substantial diversity brought about by its remarkable industrial heritage and legacy of Native Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) First Nations. Buffalo’s post-industrial transformation brings with it challenges of gentrification, reconfiguration of the labor force and new symbolic strategies of self-representation.
Participants in the annual meeting are encouraged to explore how, at this divisive moment in American life, folklore confronts economic and social disruptions, builds community resilience and sustains pluralism amidst threats to E Pluribus Unum.
Participants are invited to present with colleagues from other disciplines and our community collaborators in recognition of folklore as an inherently inclusive, multidisciplinary field of study. As a discipline, folklore cannot stand in isolation from other fields as it shapes and is shaped by other disciplines while endeavoring to sustain itself as an autonomous discipline. In considering folklore as both academic discipline and public practice, participants are encouraged to examine how folklore engages community members as partners, valuing local knowledge and facilitating cultural self-determination.
The 129th Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society will bring hundreds of US and international specialists in folklore and folklife, folk narrative, popular culture, music, material culture, and related fields, to exchange work and ideas and to create and strengthen friendships and networks. Prospective participants may submit proposals for papers, panels, forums, films, and diamond presentations, or propose new presentation formats. Presentations on the theme are encouraged but not required.
You can find more information about the meeting, including instructions for submitting proposals and more about meeting events, beginning February 1, 2018, at http://www.afsnet.org/page/2018AM.
CLIR Invites Applications for 2018
Digitizing Hidden Special Collections Awards
Washington, DC, January 17, 2018 – The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for 2018 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. The national competition, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports digitizing collections of rare and unique content in collecting institutions.
Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 for a single-institution project, or between $50,000 and $500,000 for a collaborative project, may be sought for projects beginning between January 1 and June 1, 2019.
The Digitizing Hidden Collections program coheres around six core values:
Scholarship: The program is designed to maximize its impact on the creation and dissemination of new knowledge.
Comprehensiveness: The program supports digitization projects that will provide thorough coverage of an important topic or topics of high interest to scholars, in ways that help those scholars understand digitized sources’ provenance and context.
Connectedness: The program supports projects that make digitized sources easily discoverable and accessible alongside related materials, including materials held by other collecting institutions as well as those held within the home institution.
Collaboration: The program promotes strategic partnerships rather than duplication of capacity and effort.
Sustainability: The program promotes best practices for ensuring the long-term availability and discoverability of digital files created through digitization.
Openness: The program ensures that digitized content will be made available to the public as easily and completely as possible, given ethical and legal constraints.
The application process has two phases. The initial proposal round is open, and proposals are due by 11:59 pm Eastern time on April 3, 2018. The final proposal round is by invitation. Only those applicants whose initial proposals have been approved by the program’s review panel will be able to submit a final proposal. Information for applicants, including a link to the online application form, is available at https://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/applicant-resources/.
CLIR will hold a webinar for prospective applicants on Tuesday, January 30, from 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern time. Two Q&A webinars will be held on Thursday, February 15, and Wednesday, February 28, from 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern time. More information is available at https://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/applicant-resources/.
The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.
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Indigenous Borderlands of the Americas
An international symposium sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Southwest
Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas,
April 6–7, 2018
Organized by Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez, Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies
The expression “indigenous borderlands” has both geopolitical and sociocultural connotations. It refers to those regions, within and beyond colonial frontiers and state boundaries, where independent and semiautonomous indigenous groups interacted significantly with people of European descent prior to the displacement, extermination, or incorporation of the former into modern states. In indigenous borderlands, native peoples exerted significant power, often retaining control of the land and being paramount agents of cultural transformation. Conversely, European conquests were typically slow and incomplete, as the newcomers, operating sometimes in a climate of violence that hindered peaceful coexistence, struggled to assert jurisdictions and implement policies designed to subjugate aboriginal societies and change native beliefs and practices. Indeed, numerous indigenous groups throughout the world remain politically autonomous, culturally distinct, and largely unincorporated to this day. Covering a wide chronological and geographical span, from Colonial Yucatán to twentieth-century Bolivia, this symposium explores the manifold ways in which natives across the Americas resisted and adapted to the intrusion of people of European descent to preserve their political autonomy and their cultural identity, thus shaping the indigenous borderlands of the Western Hemisphere.
Symposium Website: http://www.txstate.edu/cssw/news-events/events/indigenous-borderlands.html
CONTACT 2018 (our 30th anniversary!) is meeting on April 6–8 at the Domain Hotel in the Sunnyvale, CA.
CONTACT was created by California anthropologist Jim Funaro in 1983 as a unique interdisciplinary conference that brings together some of the world’s foremost social and space scientists, science fiction writers and artists to exchange ideas about humanity’s future, on-world and off-world.
CONTACT has evolved into an international forum in the Bay Area, near NASA Ames and the SETI Institute. This is where you will meet the anthropologists who are focused on our future as we enter the space age. Please join us at CONTACT 2018 and share our event on your websites and social networks.
The 2018 Jean Rouch International Film Festival is now open for entries.
- The deadline to submit a film is April 15, 2018.
- Entries must have been completed after January 1, 2017.
- Films may be submitted via online screener (secure vimeo link available until November 15th 2018) or DVD.
- Only French or English subtitled versions are accepted.
- You will find the online entry form on our website, via http://www.comitedufilmethnographique.com/inscription-2018-entry-form-2018/
- The list of the selected films will be available on our website homepage in early July 2018.
Call for papers: The logics of persuasion. Between anthropology and rhetoric
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
Stefano Montes and Alessandro Prato
Department of Cultures and Societies
University of Palermo
Viale delle Scienze, 90128, Palermo, Italy
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